Toyota Will Spend 10 Years Perfecting Its Astronaut Moon Rover - Autoblog

Toyota will spend 10 years perfecting its astronaut moon rover - Autoblog

Japan has an ambitious plan to send men to the moon by 2030 as part of a multinational mission and is determined they'll have a ride when they get there. Japan's space agency JAXA and partner Toyota have revealed that the pressurized, manned lunar rover — announced earlier this year — should be ready to launch by 2029. The six-wheeled vehicle will carry two people up to 6,200 miles using solar power and fuel cell technology. At 20 feet long, 17 feet wide and 12 feet tall, it'll have 140 square feet of habitable space. Thanks to the pressurization, astronauts won't need spacesuits while inside. The timeline is pretty busy, and considering the challenges of developing tech for human space exploration, Toyota and JAXA will do well to meet their deadlines. The official plan runs for three years, up to 2022, with a tentative plan for a push toward launch between 2022 and 2029.

  • Fiscal year 2019: Identifying technological elements that need to be developed for driving on the surface of the moon; drawing up specifications for a prototype rover
  • Fiscal year 2020: Manufacturing test parts for each technological element; manufacturing a prototype rover
  • Fiscal year 2021: Testing and evaluating both the manufactured test parts and the prototype rover
  • From 2022: Manufacture and evaluation of a 1:1 scale prototype rover; acquisition and verification testing of data on driving systems required to explore the moon's polar regions
  • From 2024: Design, manufacture, and evaluation of an engineering model of the rover; design of the actual flight model
  • From 2027: Manufacture, and performance and quality testing of the flight model
At that point, the rover will be ready for a scheduled 2030 launch. In theory, it will arrive on the moon ahead of the human explorers and drive autonomously to meet them. JAXA wants to use it to help astronauts explore the lunar poles in search of frozen water, while at the same time developing tech that could be used on other planets. If the ambitious project works out, it'll give astronauts a cozy escape from the lunar desert's magnificent desolation.

Moon Urges Japan To Withdraw Export Restrictions

Moon urges Japan to withdraw export restrictions

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has called on Japan to drop its export controls on high-tech materials headed for the country.

Moon said at the presidential office on Monday that he will call on the Japanese government to withdraw its tighter export controls and engage in sincere talks.

Moon Calls On Japan To Retract Export Restrictions

Moon calls on Japan to retract export restrictions

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has called on Japan to drop its export controls on high-tech materials headed for the country.

Moon said at the presidential office on Monday that he will call on the Japanese government to withdraw its tighter export controls and engage in sincere talks.

Kono Urges Moon To Use Leadership On Wartime Labor

Kono urges Moon to use leadership on wartime labor

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono has urged South Korean President Moon Jae-in to exercise leadership in solving the bilateral issue of wartime labor.

Kono was speaking to reporters in Tokyo on Tuesday, a day after the Japanese government asked South Korea to agree to establishing an arbitration panel in line with a 1965 bilateral agreement. The request came as South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said his government cannot resolve the issue alone.

Toyota Will Be Making Japan's Moon Rover

Toyota Will Be Making Japan's Moon Rover

Toyota is one of the most widely known Japanese companies on the planet. As many of you are already aware, Toyota knows a thing or two about making vehicles. It has now teamed up with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency to build a pressurized self-driving rover for the moon. The rover will vastly improve astronauts’ ability to explore the lunar surface.

According to current plans, this Japanese moon rover is destined to land on the lunar surface in 2029. This six-wheeled vehicle will be able to transport two humans for a distance of about 10,000 kilometers using Toyota’s fuel cell technology and solar power.

Japanese Official Criticizes Moon On Compensation

Japanese official criticizes Moon on compensation

A senior official of Japan's Foreign Ministry has criticized South Korean President Moon Jae-in for his remarks on souring bilateral ties over wartime compensation.

Moon said at a news conference on Thursday that the issue should be resolved with shared wisdom.

Korea Expert: Attention Focused On Kim-moon Talks

Korea expert: Attention focused on Kim-Moon talks

An expert on North Korean politics says he is focusing on the amount of time the leaders of the 2 Koreas will spend in one-on-one discussions at the upcoming inter-Korean summit.

Associate Professor Atsuhito Isozaki of Keio University spoke to NHK by phone. He says that will demonstrate how much the North's leader trusts his South Korean counterpart.

Take A Look At Tosaka Hiroomi's Pv For 'full Moon'

Take a look at Tosaka Hiroomi's PV for 'FULL MOON'

Tosaka Hiroomi (Sandaime J Soul Brothers from EXILE TRIBE) has revealed the PV for his song "FULL MOON."

"FULL MOON" is the title track to Tosaka's new album due out on August 8. In the PV, he portrays the worldview of the song by performing at places that resemble historic ruins.

Vr Contest Simulates Moon Sports

VR contest simulates Moon sports

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and game developers have used virtual reality technology to simulate sports being played on the Moon.

More than 50 participants were divided into 14 teams for a contest held in Tokyo on Sunday. They used data provided by JAXA for their simulations of what it would be like to play sports on the Moon's surface.

Kiryuin Sho Becomes The Moon In Golden Bomber's Pv For 'donmai'

Kiryuin Sho becomes the moon in Golden Bomber's PV for 'Donmai'

The PV for Golden Bomber's new song "Donmai" has been uploaded onto YouTube.

"Donmai" is the last track off of the band's new album "Killer Tune Shika Neeyo" released on January 31. In the PV, Kiryuin Sho (Vo-karu) masks his face with a full moon, while the other members Kyan Yutaka (Gita-), Utahiroba Jun (Be-su), and Darvish Kenji (Doramu) wear star ornaments on their bodies. 

Waiting For The Moon

Waiting for the MoonYumi (Mei Kurokawa) lost everything due to the earthquake disaster. Now, she lives at her aunt’s store in Iwaki, Fukushima, Japan. She begins work at a small pub. The owner of the pub is Sugiya (Arata Iura). Sugiya lost his memory and he doesn't know who he is. The only clear thing is his hands remember how to cook. Soon, Sugiya and Yumi get close to each other.

Japan To Offer Technical Boost For Manned Moon Mission

Japan to offer technical boost for manned moon mission

In the hopes of securing a spot for a Japanese astronaut to go to the moon, Japan will offer technical assistance to an international manned lunar exploration project that was announced by NASA.

The Committee of National Space Policy of the Cabinet Office decided to proceed with the project for technical assistance on Dec. 1, which will be included in the Basic Plan on Space Policy that is scheduled for revision soon.