Toyota Collaborates with JAXA to Build a Self-Driven Lunar Rover
Toyota along with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is said to build a self-driving hi-tech Lunar Rover. The Rover is said to have a pressurised cabin which would provide the astronauts an opportunity to travel and have the freedom to explore the moon.
With this collaboration, Japan has certainly augmented the bars among recommenced interest in Lunar Probing. As per the Kyodo news agency, the Japanese Carmaker and JAXA both hope that the lunar rover will included in a mission to moon between 2029 and 2034.
The lunar rover, which is still in theoretical stage, is said to be six-wheeled and will be driven by a fuel cell and will be able to accommodate four people for a couple of months. Toyota added that the rover would have a travelling range of more than 10,000 km.
With a range of more 10,000 km, the lunar rover would certainly provide the capacity to investigate a larger area around the landing site. This would certainly boost the technical ability of any moon mission.
As per the statement provided by Toyota’s executive Vice-President Shigeki Terashi, “As an engineer, there is no greater joy than being able to participate in such a lunar project by way of Toyota’s car-making, I am filled with excitement.”
While the president of the Space Agency, Hiroshi Yamakawa, said “Having Toyota join us in the challenge of international space exploration greatly strengthens our confidence. Manned rovers with pressurised cabins are an element that will play an important role in fully fledged exploration and use of the lunar surface.”
Japan is one of the many countries that is largely investing in completing the 239,000-mile journey from Earth to the moon. While China became the first nation to land an unmanned probe on the faraway side of the moon, Israel began its maiden mission to the moon last month.
Other countries lining up for an expedition, include India that is planning to introduce its own rover, by the end of this year, and the US plans to create a min-outpost into the orbit of the moon to act as a station for manned mission to the moon and Mars.
At the moment, while the lunar rover is still in theory, research stations and settlements on the moon are not far away. Toyota’s conceptualized lunar rover could become vehicle of choice.
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