Toyota spoke about a space rover to conquer the moon and MarsOctober 26, 2020
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is making ambitious plans to explore the Moon and Mars. The last project involves cooperation with Toyota, within the framework of which a manned all-terrain vehicle will be created for long trips to distant planets and worlds.
JAXA and Toyota announced their collaboration back in March 2019, and have now shared additional information about the “conqueror of distant planets.” The rover was named Lunar Cruiser, after Toyota’s famous Land Cruiser. It will be a powerful electric all-terrain vehicle, whose development and design should be completed by the end of this decade.
It is known that the rover will not only be robust, but also spacious, having received at least 13 square meters of interior space, which will provide a comfortable seating for two people. Despite the fact that development is still in its early stages, the engineers have already listed the main requirements for the all-terrain vehicle:
- Six weeks of complete autonomy. Astronauts will be able to take off their suits inside the rover
- New generation fuel cells will provide about 1000 km of track without refueling
- In the first mission, the rover must cover 10,000 kilometers in 42 days
- Built-in solar panels for additional power
- Solar energy will be stored for use at night
- Fully automatic driving capability
The exact timing of the appearance of the rover is not named, but by the end of 2020, experts intend to build test samples of some structural elements.
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