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Toyota, the carmaker and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is planning to launch their JAXA-Toyota Moon Rover. The two companies have partnered up to create and ultimately launch the pressurized moon vehicle.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) was formed in 2003. JAXA is responsible for all civilian space activities in Japan, with activities ranging from basic space research to ongoing space missions.
“Over the course of the three-year joint research period, JAXA and Toyota will manufacture, test and evaluate prototypes, with the goal of developing a manned, pressurized lunar rover and exploring the surface of the moon as part of an international project,” Toyota representatives wrote in a July 16 statement.
The JAXA-Toyota Moon Rover will be a pressurized vehicle to assist Japanese astronauts to navigate up in space, and more specifically, the moon.
Toyota set up a new department called Lunar Exploration Mobility Works on July 1 and plans to have about 30 people working there by the end of the year.
If everything reaches its goal, Toyota and JAXA will build a full-scale prototype in the 2022-time frame, design the flight model and build and test an engineering model about two years later, and build and test the flight model around 2027.
“The rover will be used for missions to explore the moon’s polar regions, with the aim both of investigating the possibility of using the moon’s resources ― such as frozen water ― and of acquiring technologies that enable exploration of the surfaces of massive heavenly bodies,” Toyota representatives wrote in the statement.
In a statement on July 16, Toyota representatives said, “Over the course of the three-year joint research period, JAXA and Toyota will manufacture, test and evaluate prototypes, with the goal of developing a manned, pressurized lunar rover and exploring the surface of the moon as part of an international project.”
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