Toyota prepares to go into space

Toyota prepares to go into space

Toyota prepares to go into space

The use of fuel cells will make it easier to store and transport energy sources in space.

The vehicle will be able to carry two people and travel thousands of miles across the moon's surface, the company announced this week.

Toyota President, Akio Toyoda said, "Going beyond the frameworks of countries or regions, I believe that our industry, which is constantly thinking about the role it should fulfil shares the same aspirations of worldwide space exploration".

Toyota is to build a self-driving lunar rover that will enable astronauts to travel on the surface of the moon without space suits, as Japan raises the stakes amid renewed global interest in lunar exploration.

Safety is a major concern for Toyota, so the automaker will pay careful attention to details to ensure any human astronaut returns safely from the lunar rover, to the vessel, and back to Earth. It said the crewed, pressurized rover will use Toyota's fuel cell technology.

Going beyond the frameworks of countries or regions, I believe that our industry, which is constantly thinking about the role it should fulfill, shares the same aspirations of worldwide space exploration.

The pressurized vehicle proposed this week by Toyota is six meters long and 3.8 meters high - or, about the size of two microbuses, the auto company says. Furthermore, cars are used in all of Earth's regions, and, in some regions, cars play active roles as partners for making sure that people come back alive.

Toyota and JAXA's concept of the rover has been in the works since May 2018.

The rover is projected to be launched in 2029.

Toyota's next challenge is out of this world. Toyota's "space mobility" concept meets such mission requirements.

Thus far, our joint study, has examined a preliminary concept for a manned, pressurized rover system, and we have identified the technological issues that must be solved.

JAXA will cooperate with Toyota on technologies to purify water and air in the vehicle. Through our collaboration with Toyota as the starting point, we can further expand the resources of "Team Japan" in the continued pursuit of worldwide space exploration.

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