Toyota builds a manned moon rover for Japan's space agency
The Rover could travel more than 10,000 km on the moon and let Japan's astronauts explore the lunar surface.
News: Japan The JAXA space agency announced its partnership with Toyota on March 12th. She said the occupied pressurized Rover will use Toyota's fuel cell technology. "Fuel cells that rely on clean power generation processes emit only water and can deliver a lot of energy due to their high energy density, which makes them ideal for the project being discussed with JAXA," said Toyota Executive Vice President Terashi.
Timeframe: JAXA plans to launch the new Rover in 2029. While Japan does not intend to work on a rocket that could carry people to the moon, it hopes to launch it as part of an international project.
What's Next: The six-wheeled Rover is still in the concept phase, while Israel, China and India are launching unmanned lunar missions this year. NASA signaled its increased interest in lunar projects under the proposed 2020 budget.
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