Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept tows ESA astronomy telescope and lab

The Nissan Navara Dark Sky concept was made in a collaboration with the ESA (European Space Agency), and has a bespoke telescope trailer module.

The trailer contains an PlaneWave telescope, and can be towed to remote offroad dark sky locations away from the light pollution of cities and towns.

The PlaneWave telescope allows scientists to study planets and stars in our galaxy. The trailer is refrigerated to allow the telescope to remain stable and calibrated.

The Navara concept pickup is also fitted with the latest version of the company’s ProPilot driver assistance tech, a laptop station, Wi-Fi, UHF data transmission tech, and portable battery packs based on the tech used in the Leaf.

The concept also has dark paint representing the night sky with orange highlights like the setting sun. Inside there orange piping to minimize white light usage at night, and red lighting is used as it affects human night vision the least, making it easier to do astronomical observations at night.

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Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept tows ESA astronomy telescope and lab