Toyota will send its own lunar rover to the moonMarch 11, 2019
The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), together with Toyota, is developing a lunar rover, which will be used during a research mission to the Earth satellite in 2030. In 2013, Toyota sent an android Kirobo into space and for the first time in history organized a conversation between man and robot in space.
Neither JAXA nor Toyota have yet to share details about the project. It is expected that they will appear in the coming weeks. Flight to the moon is scheduled for 2030. The goal of the LUNAR-A mission will be to study the internal structure of the satellite, as well as search for answers to questions about its origin and evolution.
The first “lunar car” – the Soviet Lunokhod-1 – landed near the “Sea of Rains” in the north-western part of the moon’s visible side of the Earth in November 1970. He worked on the satellite for 11 months. Behind him came the American Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), which was used in the Apollo program in 1971-72. The main contractor of the project was Delco, a division of General Motors specializing in electronic components. The LRV was equipped with four electric motors with a total power of one horsepower and could drive on one charge up to 92 kilometers.
In 2013, as part of the Chinese unmanned mission “Chang’e-3”, a six-wheel lunar rover “Yuytu”, named after the character of Chinese mythology, leaked to the surface of the satellite.
In 2015, Audi showed a lunar rover lunar quattro. Four-wheel drive unit equipped with four electric motors, a block of lithium-ion batteries and a sliding solar panel to recharge the batteries.
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