At the beginning of 2019 we show you the presentation of the Toyota Space Mobility Concept, prototype made by the brand in conjunction with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) with the aim of reaching the Moon in 2029. That goal originated from a project that JAXA had started to send astronauts to Earth’s satellite.
Today is the turn to tell you that there is a new actor in the project, no less than the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (yes, the NASA). The United States government entity announced that it has joined JAXA and Toyota and they intend to ship the vehicle in 2025, that is, four years earlier than originally established.
The agreement between government agencies and the automotive is part of what will be the second part of the Artemis Mission, with which NASA will send astronauts – including a woman, an unprecedented fact in history – to space for the first time in half a century. Its start is scheduled for 2024.
A very special space vehicle
What is known at the moment as Toyota Space Mobility Concept will not be one more: the atmospheric conditions of the Moon (which include gravity six times lower than Earth’s, high radiation and extreme temperatures) make your development is extremely complex in terms of materials.
The idea is that the rover be a kind of trailer, in which two astronauts – without the need to wear their space suits – can work for 14 days while the vehicle moves smoothly autonomous, at least for 10,000 kilometers. In an emergency, you could add two other members to your cabin.
The vehicle will have six wheels and will be powered by hydrogen fuel cells, whose energy will be generated from solar panels located on one of its sides.
“It is an amazing vehicle, the best I saw for people who can use it to live and work,” said Mark Kirasich, director of NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems department, before adding that it is “a habitat on wheels.” ”