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Toyota has announced about the plans of Toyota moon rover in collaboration with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Tuesday. Japan aerospace exploration agency (JAXA) will build a self-driving rover that is going to land on the moon in 2029.
The six-wheeled electric vehicle will be capable of accommodating two people for a distance of 10,000 kilometers using Toyota’s fuel
“At JAXA, we are studying various scenarios as well as technologies that will be applied to specific space missions,” JAXA Vice President Koichi Wakata said at the event, according to a press release.
“Manned, pressurized rovers will be an important element supporting human lunar exploration, which we envision will take place in the 2030s. We aim at launching such a rover into space in 2029,” he added.
The concept Toyota moon rover will use Toyota‘s fuel cell vehicle (FCV) technology, which instead of using a battery, uses a fuel cell of oxygen and compressed hydrogen.
“Fuel cells, which use clean power-generation methods, emit only water, and, because of their high energy density, they can provide a lot of energy, making them especially ideal for the project being discussed with JAXA,” said shigeki terashi, executive vice president at Toyota.
The Toyota moon rover would be “about the size of two microbuses” or around 19.6 feet long, 17 feet wide and 12.4 feet tall, according to the dimensions in the release.
“The automotive industry has long done business with the 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,” Toyota President Akio Toyoda said.
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