Toyota began developing a lunar Rover


Japanese company and the Japanese aerospace exploration Agency (JAXA) have agreed to jointly develop the “moonrover” house on wheels for explorers of the moon.

The Toyota challenge will be to build a mobile living module that would move over the surface of the satellite and to provide conditions for accommodation of the crew, reports the with reference to NV.

According to preliminary data, the Rover will be almost a square is 6 m long and 5.2 m wide at a height of almost 4 meters. Thereby it will be possible to organize the inner space of 13 cubic meters.

Agency JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) supplied the developers with specific conditions. In particular, the Rover Toyota must have thousands of kilometres of the reserve and to take stock of everything you need for two-person crew — air, water and food for at least six weeks.

This should provide the opportunity to be in the cabin of the Rover without spacesuits. According to preliminary data, the Rover will be wheeled and driven will be at the expense of electricity. To develop it will be hydrogen fuel cells and solar panels.

The development of lunar Rover, in fact, already started: the agreement was signed, and by the end of this year, the Alliance, Toyota and the Agency needs to finalize the specifications. Next year will begin producing parts, and testing will begin in 2021.

However, the creation of a series Rover (including methods of transportation to the moon) to be completed only by 2027. Japanese aerospace researchers believe that the results of the work to create transport for other planets, for example Mars will be much easier.


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