Japan's moon rover will be made by Toyota
Toyota is going to the moon. The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has teamed up with the carmaker to build a pressurized self-driving rover that will land on the lunar surface in 2029. The six-wheeled transporter will be able to carry two humans for a distance of 10,000 kilometers using solar power and Toyota's fuel cell technology. The rover will be about the size of two minibuses, with 13 square meters of habitable space, and the astronauts on board will be able to take their suits off inside the vehicle as they explore. It will land on the moon before the human expedition arrives, and travel independently to meet them.
The announcement comes at an active time in space exploration. Less than a week ago SpaceX docked a craft at the International Space Station, while China is ramping up its own space ambitions, recently achieving a world-first by landing on the far side of the moon, and revealing plans for a solar power station in space. What's particularly exciting about the JAXA/Toyota announcement, however, is that it aims to provide a lot of freedom for the astronauts on board the vehicle, so this kind of pressurized technology brings the once-futuristic idea of living on the moon ever closer.
I would expect Toyota to be the builder. They certainly know how to build high quality transportation vehicles. Just don't expect it to be fun to drive.
I think any vehicle on the moon would be fun to drive. However, not all cars can be build with the highest quality.
Seeing how it's self-driving, I wouldn't expect to drive it period.
So Toyota will beat Tesla to the moon? And who will be first to drive on Mars?
It says 2029, by then there might already be a Tesla not just on the moon but Mars as well.
My t-100 just passed 200,000 miles and is still going since 1996. Toyota makes things to last so the expected lifetime of this thing will probably 4 times that.
Great, some day there'll be moon-terrorists driving around in SpaceHilux's
"moon-terrorists"? As in, terrorists on the moon?
What else would it mean?
Probably the moon bunnies who chew on the cables /s
"It will land on the moon before the human expedition arrives, and travel independently to meet them."
So Japan is making the first Moon Bus Stop
So after all this years avoiding, they are making an electric car :P
I would suspect that allow them to take their suits off inside the vehicle would result in tracking in lots of moon dust into the vehicle. Moon dust is really fine dust that could cause lots of problems.
You forgot to mention the tiny Israeli moon lander currently making it's way to the moon!
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