Toyota announced plans for a Moon Rover on Tuesday in cooperation with the Japanese Aerospace Agency (JAXA).
The Japanese automaker and JAXA announced their hope for landing in 2029 at a symposium in Tokyo.
JAXA is exploring various scenarios and technologies to be applied to specific space missions, "said Koichi Wakata, JAXA Vice President, at a press conference." Manned pressurized rovers will play an important role in the […] Supporting the exploration of the human moon, which we imagine will take place in the 2030s. Our goal is to launch such a rover into space in 2029, "he added.
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Toyota and JAXA already have
The vehicle uses Toyota's fuel cell vehicle technologies and could have a range of more than 6,000 miles on the Moon's surface, although only limited amounts of fuel can be brought there. [1
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The proposed rover would be "about the size of two microbuses" or about 19.6 feet long, 17 feet wide and 12.4 feet high, according to the dimensions in the publication.
"The automotive industry has long had to do with the concepts of hometown and homeland. From now on, however, the concept of the "home planet" that we all come from will become a very important concept in response to global environmental issues, "said Toyota President Akio Toyoda.