Toyota with Japanese space agency to build moon rover project

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New Delhi : The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in association with Toyota Motor Corp. is set to build a lunar rover.

"JAXA and Toyota agreed to further cooperate on and accelerate their ongoing joint study of a manned, pressurized rover that employs fuel cell vehicle technologies," the agency said in a statement.

Toyota with the help of fuel cell technology will use clean power-generation batteries within electrified vehicles.

JAXA President Hiroshi Yamakawa hope that Toyota's mobility technologies could be of great help to the technological studies for the realization of the rover.

Toyota's Executive Vice President Shigeki Terashi said the company's other technologies such as automated driving could also contribute to the exciting rover project.

Sources confirmed that the rover will be 6 meters long, 5.2 meters wide and 3.8 meters high, capable of accommodating two to four people.

It would be used to explore the lunar surface, with a total cruising range of more than 10,000 km.

JAXA officials expect that the rover will be ready for launch in 2029, while the human lunar exploration will take place in the 2030s.

To inform, Toyota automobile company has been associated in JAXA's rover project since May of 2018.

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