Toyota Is Going To Space, Building Japan's Moon Rover

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Toyota Is Going To Space, Building Japan's Moon Rover

Toyota and Japan's space agency are teaming up to build it.

Toyota Motor and Japan's space agency stated on Tuesday they had agreed to work together in developing a manned lunar rover that operates on fuel cell technologies.

Land Cruisers have explored every continent on Earth; will we see one on the Moon in 2019 thanks to JAXA and Toyota?

The rover is planned to be 6 meters long, 5.2 meters wide and 3.8 meters high, with a living space of 13 square meters for up to four people, according to their study.

JAXA and Toyota are aiming to launch the rover in 2029, with human missions to follow in the 2030s.

JAXA has reached an agreement with Toyota to develop a next-generation pressurized lunar vehicle for crewed use.

It uses solar energy to collect power for its fuel cells. "Additionally, it is exposed to temperature and radiation conditions that are much harsher than those on Earth, and also an ultra-high vacuum environment", explained Koichi Wakata, JAXA Vice President.

"Having Toyota join us in the challenge of global space exploration greatly strengthens our confidence", Hiroshi Yamakawa, JAXA's president, said in the release.

Japan's space agency, JAXA, announced the partnership with Toyota on March 12.

They'll be able to take their suits off and live in the vehicle as they explore the lunar surface, said Shigeki Terashi, an executive vice president at Toyota.

The Toyota would be a massive leap in lunar driving technology. For electrification, fuel cell batteries represent an indispensable technology. Through our collaboration with Toyota as the starting point, we can further expand the resources of "Team Japan" in the continued pursuit of worldwide space exploration.

Though it's meant to carry two people, Toyota says it can fit four in an emergency situation.

The rover has scientifically examined some stones on the far side of the moon, which might help scientists find out whether they are from outer space or native to the moon.

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