Toyota Lunar Rover Would Be The Center Piece Of The Future JAXA Moon Mission

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Nonetheless, sending people to the moon requires a lot of planning and specialized equipment. In the next Japanese moon mission, there might be another familiar name involved – Toyota. Toyota would build a lunar rover for the future JAXA moon mission.

Therefore, it appears that humanity is ready to send people to the moon once again, and there might be a bit of a race. Trump encourages NASA to send more astronauts on the moon by 2028. At the same time, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency is also planning to land astronauts on the moon by 2030.

Everyone heard of Toyota, but we are used to seeing their cars roaming the streets. However, in just a couple of years, Toyota might be spotted on the moon as well. The company is working on a new lunar rover concept that comes with several enhancements compared to the previous “moon buggies.”

Toyota lunar rover would be the first of its kind used in a moon mission

“Manned rovers with pressurized cabins are an element that will play an important role in fully-fledged exploration and use of the lunar surface,” explained JAXA president Hiroshi Yamakawa.

The Toyota lunar lover will be 3.8 m tall, 6 m long and 5.2 m wide. There will be 13 square meters of living space, which is more than enough for two persons. In an emergency, four people can fit here as well. More than that, the rover will be pressurized so that astronauts will be able to take off their helmets. That would be the first time Japan lands on the moon. In the past, only Russia, the US, and China landed there.

“The automotive industry has long done business with concepts of ‘hometown’ and ‘home country’ largely in mind. However, from now on, in responding to such matters as environmental issues of global scale, the concept of ‘home planet’ from which all of us come will become a very important concept,” declared Akio Toyoda, the president of Toyota.


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