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Toyota blast off as they announce concept lunar vehicle

By Deeq on 14 Mar 2019 in New model, New technology, Concept cars

Attached Image The Japanese auto manufacturer has teamed up with JAXA to design a lunar rover with a cruising range of 10,000km.
Toyota has joined forces with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), with the aim of producing a manned, pressurised lunar rover. Powered by a fuel cell electric drivetrain, the pair are targeting a total lunar-surface range of more than 10,000km (around 6,200 miles).

Attached Image Should a physical version of the six-wheeled rover reach production, it’ll measure six metres long, five metres wide and almost four metres tall. As such, it would be twice as long, twice as wide and almost five times the height of the Moon Buggy used on the Apollo 15 mission.

Attached Image Toyota claims its lunar rover could comfortably accommodate two astronauts (or four in emergency situations) in its 13-metre-squared living quarters. Other features include a huge retractable solar panel, air-less tyres and an array of communications equipment.

Attached Image JAXA’s Vice President, Koichi Wakata, set out the firm’s plans for space exploration, stating: “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.”

Attached Image Toyota seems to have its sights set on a more terrestrial level, and is keen to see how its partnership with JAXA will advance battery-electric and fuel cell technology for its earthbound vehicles.

Attached Image Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor Corporation, Shigeki Terashi, said: "Toyota believes that achieving a sustainable mobility society on Earth will involve the coexistence and widespread use of electrified vehicles, such as hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles, and fuel cell electric vehicles.

“Our joint studies with JAXA are a part of this effort. Being allowed to be a member of 'Team Japan', we would like to take up the challenge of space."

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Written by Deeq
With intense love for cars and bikes since little, and passion for photography, Siddiq tries hard to bring cars to life on the screen, proving his worth as well as his passion for the job.



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Cheefarn Mar 14 2019 11:45 AM

Well when it gets built, it will prob come from Thailand. And alot of equipment will be deleted to keep the profits margin up.

 

Japan Space agency will have to pay alot more to get the features installed as optional items when it is supposed to be standard haha :)

 

I wonder if Toyota Safety Sense suite works on the moon? The moon aliens will undoubtedly be watching this vehicle and its astronauts

 

Hope they don't knock down the aliens due to heavy blind spots hahaha :D

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