Japan plans to launch a giant lunar rover in 2029 to help astronauts find resources

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 Japan plans to launch a giant lunar rover in 2029 to help astronauts find resources


The planned Toyota/JAXA rover is on the moon (art map).

Photo Source: American Space Network

Beijing, July 24, Science and Technology Daily (Reporter Liu Xia) Ten years later, astronauts may be able to drive giant Rovers around the moon, looking for water ice and other resources. Toyota Motor Co. and JAXA have just signed a three-year contract to develop a pressurized lunar rover that integrates fuel cell electric vehicle technology to help astronauts find lunar resources, the US Space Network reported Wednesday.

JAXA and Toyota will manufacture, test and evaluate the rover model during the three-year joint research period, with the goal of developing manned, pressurized Rovers and exploring the lunar surface, Toyota said in a statement.

Toyota set up a new unit, Lunar Exploration Mobile Works, on July 1, and plans to have 30 staff by the end of the year.

If all goes according to plan, Toyota and JAXA will build a full-scale prototype rover in 2022, design flight models, build and test engineering models in about two years, and build and test flight models around 2027. The rover will be launched in 2029.

Toyota said: The rover will be used to explore the lunar poles, to investigate the possibility of using lunar resources (such as frozen water) and to acquire technology that can detect the surface of large celestial bodies.

Many customers may be interested in the rover. For example, NASA plans to send two astronauts to the South Pole of the Moon in 2024 in the hope of establishing a research outpost in the region, and the European Space Agency hopes to establish a Moon Village in the South Pole of the Moon in the near future. In addition, some private companies plan to mine water ice near the Moons Antarctic, which is abundant on the surface of the Moons permanently shaded crater. Water can be used to support life on the moon; it can be used as rocket fuel when decomposed into hydrogen and oxygen. Of course, the Toyota / JAXA rover is not the first vehicle to roam the lunar surface. In 1971 and 1972, NASA launched an unpressurized, astronaut-driven lunar rover during the last three Apollo missions to the moon. Source of this article: responsible editor of Science and Technology Daily: Wang Fengzhi_NT2541

Many customers may be interested in the rover. For example, NASA plans to send two astronauts to the South Pole of the Moon in 2024 in the hope of establishing a research outpost in the region, and the European Space Agency hopes to establish a Moon Village in the South Pole of the Moon in the near future.

In addition, some private companies plan to mine water ice near the Moons Antarctic, which is abundant on the surface of the Moons permanently shaded crater. Water can be used to support life on the moon; it can be used as rocket fuel when decomposed into hydrogen and oxygen.

Of course, the Toyota / JAXA rover is not the first vehicle to roam the lunar surface. In 1971 and 1972, NASA launched an unpressurized, astronaut-driven lunar rover during the last three Apollo missions to the moon.