Venturi has now embarked on a new challenge: the conquest of space. In partnership with Venturi Lab (Switzerland) and Venturi Astrolab (United States), the company is developing mobility technology for the Moon and Mars, including the non-pressurised, interplanetary FLEX rover (Flexible Logistics and Exploration). Thanks to an agreement signed in 2023 with Elon Musk’s Space X company, FLEX will head to space in 2026 using Starship, the spacecraft take-off and landing system. It could possibly become “the biggest and most powerful rover to ever have been sent to the Moon,” said Gildo Pastor. Venturi also aims to take part in Artemis, the human exploration programmes on the Moon and later Mars. “NASA requirements pose a host of challenges. FLEX must be reliable over the very long term, function in temperatures of between -90°C and -230°C, withstand radiation, and be able to operate for two weeks in the dark, at the Moon’s South Pole.