Toyota and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced an agreement Tuesday to "consider the possibility of collaborating on international space exploration," which, as far as agreements go, seems pretty soft. Hell, I'll "consider the possibility of collaborating on international space exploration" right now, for free, with pretty much anyone. Lunar Camry.
Alright, they're not calling it a Camry, but it's an impressive- Looking for a six-wheeled, fully enclosed and pressurized rover that would have a lunar surface cruising range of 10,000 km / 6,213 miles. That's a bright of a lot of lunar miles.
JAXA and Toyota have been studying and conceptualizing together for a lunar camper just as a rover.
The vehicle imagined here is something that, as the press release states,
"… has an enclosed body equipped with functions and space that enable astronauts to live in the vehicle for
Toyota President. "Toyota President."
Toyota President Akio Toyoda also added something about the goals of the project,
"Furthermore, cars are used in all of Earth's regions, and, in some regions, cars play act ive roles as partners for making sure that people come back alive. And I think the coming back is just what's needed in this project. "
Uhh, good point, I guess? Coming back from any drive in any kind of vehicle, anywhere, I think it's pretty much a huge plus.
The Toyota rover's front end design is sort of reminiscent of another Toyota people enjoyed coming back from, the FJ Cruiser:
I also like that the rover appears to be there, a very optimistic addition considering the fairly
The rover is about 18 feet long, 15 feet wide, and nearly 12 feet tall, with an interior volume of 459 cubic feet, enough for two astronauts, or four in emergency situations.
Even though it's fuel-cell-powered, it's not ready to be used as a solar power system, it's not a bad idea, since it's not a bad idea.
Fuel cells do produce drinkable water as a byproduct, even though it's.
The hydrogen and oxygen tanks for the fuel cell system (and possibly other consumables) are used in the trapezoidal-shaped modules not clear if enough would be generated for the use of the crew. Possibly!
At this time, JAXA and Toyota do have a rough timeline in mind:
"At JAXA, we are studying various scenarios as well as technologies that will apply to specific space missions , Manned, pressurized rovers wants to be an important element supporting human lunar exploration, which we envision will take place in the 2030s. 2029. "
There is a lot to be done before that happens. I'm sure Toyota wants to be happy with this concept as well as it does so. "