Audi gave a sneak peek at the upcoming summer movie Alien: Covenant, which features the Audi Lunar Quattro, a futuristic rover deployed on a colonization mission with a bunch of clueless humans.
In the short clip, the Lunar Quattro patrols the colony spaceship Covenant for unseen dangers while also providing exploration and research support for the crew.
The scene opens with the little rover exploring an “unidentified lifeform” in the ship’s cargo bay and it ends with a glimpse of a drooling xenomorph hanging from the ceiling. It certainly can’t end well for anyone on board.
Audi’s moon rover is more than just a movie prop, however. It was developed in a partnership with Part-Time Scientists, a Berlin-based startup, and will be deployed on an actual mission to the moon later this year.
The mission will be the first private venture to the moon and details are still being finalized. It will be just the second rover to land on the moon since the '70s, following China’s Yutu rover. The Chinese rover landed in 2013, 40 years after the previous rover, the Soviet Lunokhod 2.
Audi’s moon rover features Quattro drive technology and an e-tron motor that is powered a lithium-ion battery with a solar panel. The Lunar Quattro is 85 percent aluminum, weighs 66 pounds, and was produced by a 3D metal printer at Audi’s headquarters in Ingolstadt.
No word on whether it comes equipped with lasers or other weapons that could be used for blasting aliens.
Alien: Covenant opens on May 19 in the U.S. The movie’s human stars include Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, and Michael Fassbender.
It’s a sequel to director Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, the 2012 prequel to 1979's Alien, and is the eighth film in the Alien franchise. Check out the full trailer below if you haven't already.