JAXA, Toyota to develop manned lunar rover

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"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".

With a range of over 10,000 km (over 6,200 miles), such a vehicle would give Moon travelers the ability to explore a huge area around a lunar landing site.

"We aim to contribute through leading Japanese technologies that can potentially generate spin-off benefits", JAXA President Hiroshi Yamakawa, said. In total, four expeditions are now planned that require use of the rover to traverse the Moon's surface.

With recent space exploration from China and developments for SpaceX in the United States of America, the space race is again hotting up with nations striving to explore further and spend extended times in space and on the surface of the moon.

Toyota's next challenge is out of this world.

Toyota is a leader in fuel cell development back on earth, with many vehicles in testing - while its hydrogen fuel cell-powered Mirai compact auto has been on sale in the USA, Japan and Europe since 2014.

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The rover "will be an important element supporting human lunar exploration, which we envision will take place in the 2030s", JAXA Vice President Koichi Wakata told a symposium in Tokyo. The company has been studying the possibility of making the rover since last summer, but it signed a new agreement this week to accelerate the project with JAXA, Japan's space agency. And I think that coming back alive is exactly what is needed in this project.

The original manned moon rover was the Boeing LRV (Lunar Roving Vehicle), which was used during the Apollo space missions in the early 1970s.

Toyota's concept vehicle, revealed in a new video and series of images today, will be created to hold two astronauts and runs on solar power and fuel cell technology.

Toyota wants to take its vehicles to the moon.

Worldwide space exploration is a challenge to conquer the unknown. Through our collaboration with Toyota as the starting point, we can further expand the resources of "Team Japan" in the continued pursuit of global space exploration.

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