Toyota And JAXA Enhance Partnership For Space Exploration
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) are thinking about working together on global space investigation. As an initial step, JAXA and Toyota have achieved consent to additionally collaborate on and quicken their progressing joint investigation of a kept an eye on, pressurized wanderer that utilizes power device electric vehicle innovations. Such a type of versatility is esteemed fundamental for human investigation exercises on the lunar surface. Indeed, even with the restricted measure of vitality that can be transported to the moon, the pressurized wanderer would have a complete lunar-surface cruising scope of more than 10,000km.International space investigation, expecting to accomplish reasonable thriving for all of mankind by extending the area of human movement and offering ascend to scholarly properties, has its sights set on the moon and Mars.
JAXA President Hiroshi Yamakawa said, "At JAXA, we are pursuing international coordination and technological studies toward Japan's participation in international space exploration. We aim to contribute through leading Japanese technologies that can potentially generate spin-off benefits. Having Toyota join us in the challenge of international space exploration greatly strengthens our confidence. Manned rovers with pressurized cabins are an element that will play an important role in full-fledged exploration and use of the lunar surface. For this, we would like to concentrate our country's technological abilities and conduct technological studies. Through our joint studies going forward, we would like to put to use Toyota's excellent technological abilities related to mobility, and we look forward to the acceleration of our technological studies for the realization of a manned, pressurized rover."
Toyota president Akio Toyoda said, "The automotive industry has long done business with the concepts of 'hometown' and 'home country' largely in mind. However, from now on, in responding to such matters as environmental issues of global scale, the concept of 'home planet', from which all of us come, will become a very important concept. Going beyond the frameworks of countries or regions, I believe that our industry, which is constantly thinking about the role it should fulfill, shares the same aspirations of international space exploration. Furthermore, cars are used in all of Earth's regions, and, in some regions, cars play active roles as partners for making sure that people come back alive. And I think that coming back alive is exactly what is needed in this project. 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."
To accomplish the objectives of such investigation, coordination between automated missions, for example, the ongoing effective touchdown by the space rock test Hayabusa2 on the space rock Ryugu, and human missions, for example, those including people utilizing pressurized meanderers to direct exercises on the moon, is basic. With regards to testing missions, for example, lunar or Martian investigation, different nations are contending in propelling their innovations, while likewise propelling their helpful endeavors.
Additionally, at a symposium held today in Tokyo, JAXA VP Koichi Wakata and Toyota official VP Shigeki Terashi held a discussion session.
JAXA’s Koichi Wakata said: "At JAXA, we are studying various scenarios as well as technologies that will be applied to specific space missions. Manned, pressurised rovers will be an important element supporting human lunar exploration, which we envision will take place in the 2030s. We aim at launching such a rover into space in 2029.
"Lunar gravity is one-sixth of that on Earth. Meanwhile, the moon has a complex terrain with craters, cliffs, and hills. Moreover, it is exposed to radiation and temperature conditions that are much harsher than those on Earth, as well as an ultra-high vacuum environment. For wide ranging human exploration of the moon, a pressurized rover that can travel more than 10,000km in such environments is a necessity. Toyota's 'space mobility' concept meets such mission requirements. Toyota and JAXA have been jointly studying the concept of a manned, pressurized rover since May of 2018.
"Thus far, our joint study, has examined a preliminary concept for a manned, pressurized rover system, and we have identified the technological issues that must be solved. Going forward, we want to utilize Toyota's and JAXA's technologies, human resources, and knowledge, among others, to continuously solve those issues.
Toyota’s Shigeki Terashi said: "As an engineer, there is no greater joy than being able to participate in such a lunar project by way of Toyota's car-making and, furthermore, by way of our technologies related to electrified vehicles, such as fuel cell batteries, and our technologies related to autonomous and automated driving. I am filled with great excitement.
"Fuel cells, which use clean power-generation methods, emit only water, and, because of their high energy density, they can provide a lot of energy, making them especially suited for the project being discussed with JAXA.
"Toyota believes that achieving a sustainable mobility society on Earth will involve the coexistence and widespread use of electrified vehicles, such as hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles, and fuel cell electric vehicles. For electrification, fuel cell batteries represent an indispensable technology.
"Fuel cell electric vehicles have the ability to emit reduced amounts of harmful substances, such as particulate matter, that are found in the air they take in. As such, they are characterized by having so-called 'minus emissions'*3. We want to further improve on this characteristic.
"Contributing to Earth's environment cannot be achieved without the widespread use of electrified vehicles. As a full-line manufacturer of electrified vehicles, and aiming for the widespread use of such vehicles, Toyota going beyond only making complete vehicles―wants to provide electrification to its customers in various forms, such as through systems and technologies.
Concept proposal for the pressurized rover
Length: 6.0 m;
Width: 5.2 m;
Height: 3.8 m (about the size of two microbuses)
Living space: 13m3
Capable of accommodating two people (four people in an emergency)
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