New Lunar Rover to Be Powered by Fuel Cell Electric Technology
Tokyo, Japan, July 16, 2019―The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announce today that they have signed a three-year joint research agreement running from fiscal year 2019 to fiscal year 2021. On March 12, 2019, the two parties announced their agreement to consider collaboration on joint research into a manned, pressurized lunar rover that uses fuel cell electric vehicle technologies. Over the course of the three-year joint research period, JAXA and Toyota will manufacture, test, and evaluate prototypes, with the goal of developing a manned, pressurized lunar rover and exploring the surface of the moon as part of an international project.
Details of the Joint Research
Joint research period from June 20, 2019 to the end of fiscal year 2021. An overview of the research to be carried out in each fiscal year is provided below
Fiscal year 2019Identifying technological elements that need to be developed [...]
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