Nissan's rugged truck/trailer concept tows high-powered telescope in search of dark skies

Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept

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Specifically, the Dark Sky Navara was imagined as a support vehicle for ESA's Gaia project.

The vehicle also includes an array of smart features that have been developed to meet the needs of commercial vehicle customers, such electric-vehicle battery technology, Wi-Fi, a laptop station and UHF transmission to relay data instantaneously, anywhere in the world.

Let's start with the star of the show, the Navara Dark Sky Concept.

The Navara Dark Sky Concept has been created to aid astronomers in making follow-up observations of the night skies in difficult-to-access locations away from light pollution - areas known as "dark sky" locations.

But Nissan has come up with an answer in the guise of the Navara Dark Sky, a specially modified Navara pick-up which can tow a specially developed trailer with refrigerated atmosphere containing a PlaneWave telescope, and take it to places you'd normally find rather hard to access. It also uses red interior lighting to minimise any effects on people's night vision, since red light affects it the least. "Telescopes like the one in the trailer are needed in studies of planets and stars in our galaxy, allowing Earth-based follow-up campaigns enabled by the Gaia data".

This star-gazing tool is an ultrahigh-power PlaneWave telescope that is towed behind the Navara in a refrigerated atmosphere inside the trailer.

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'Through Nissan Intelligent Mobility and ProPilot, we are creating the best solutions for the next frontiers of business, no matter how complex the commercial need'. Eight combined radar units, on each corner of the vehicle and trailer, update the driver on the vehicle's surroundings through the NissanConnect infotainment touch screen on the dashboard.

While it is a concept, the futuristic looking truck still looks similar to the production model Navara.

Nissan's 2.3-litre diesel powertrain remains unchanged on the concept, with 187bhp and 332lb ft of torque on tap.

If you've ever wanted to go on a trail and then gaze into the starry night sky, well Nissan's latest concept pickup is flawless for you.

The concept was revealed at the Hannover Motor Show.

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