Toyota is creating a Lunar Cruiser for Japan’s space exploration agency — take a look – Business Insider – Business Insider

  • The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota are working together to design a pressurized space rover.
  • The vehicle will be called the Lunar Cruiser, a reference to Toyota’s Land Cruiser. 
  • They signed an agreement in 2019, with plans to launch in the late 2020s.
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The future of space exploration might be in the form of public-private partnerships, like the one between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota to create a manned, electric rover.

Jaxa and Toyota first agreed to partner in March 2019, when they said that they would start technological studies. Manned rovers like the one the are collaborating on will play an “important role in full-fledged exploration and use of the lunar surface” JAXA President Hiroshi Yamakawa said. 

Toyota and Jaxa revealed concept designs for the rover, which they announced in August will be called the Lunar Cruiser as a reference to Toyota’s famous Land Cruiser. Throughout the rest of 2020, they are working on manufacturing test pieces of the design, with plans to launch by the end of the decade.

Take a look at the Lunar Cruiser plans here.