Litespeed Titanium is going to Mars

World's first interplanetary bike bits


When NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory [big robot with wheels, to you and me] is launched from Cape Canaveral in 2009 on a mission to analyse rocks, look for water and seek out signs of life on the Red Planet, it’ll have a little bit of bicycle technology welded to it.


The Lab will take almost three years to travel the 56 million kilometres to our planetary neighbour and for its arrival NASA has built the landing gear using titanium fabricated by Litespeed – presumably because of its strength to weight properties.

NASA must have been as impressed with Litespeed’s titanium as we have been when we’ve reviewed their bikes…though I can’t see us getting the Mars Science Laboratory in for review, so don’t hold your breath.


For more about the mission to Mars go here.