JAXA is aiming to launch the system in 2029. "I am extremely happy that, for this project, expectations have been placed on the thus-far developed durability and driving performance of Toyota vehicles and on our fuel cell environmental technologies". In total, four expeditions are now planned that require use of the rover to traverse the Moon's surface.
JAXA says it aims to launch this new rover in 2029. This would boost the scientific potential of any Moon mission, and allow astronauts to study various features of the surface, collect samples from afar, and conduct experiments under a variety of conditions. The 13m² cabin will house two astronauts, and the solar-fuel-cell vehicle is created to have a range of 10,000km.
"At JAXA, we are pursuing global coordination and technological studies toward Japan's participation in worldwide space exploration".More news: 49ers acquire Pro Bowl pass rusher Dee Ford in trade with Chiefs
'Meanwhile, the moon has a complex terrain with craters, cliffs, and hills.
As Bloomberg reports, Toyota is developing a six-wheeled lunar rover capable of housing two astronauts who can survive comfortably inside without need of space suits.
The vehicle uses Toyota's fuel cell vehicle technologies and would have a cruising range of more than 6,000 miles on the surface of the moon, despite limited amounts of fuel that can be brought there. The rover can accommodate two people normally, or four in an emergency.More news: Huawei Watch GT launched in India, promises two weeks of battery life
JAXA and Toyota have been working together to study the plan since May 2018, and have now reached an agreement to move on to the next steps.
Sending humans back to the Moon is something that NASA and a number of other space agencies around the world are now working towards.
"Through our joint studies going forward, we would like to put to use Toyota's excellent technological abilities related to mobility, and we look forward to the acceleration of our technological studies for the realization of a manned, pressurized rover", Yamakawa continued.More news: New 'wallaby' dinosaur discovered in Australia. Here's what it looked like