Toyota unveiled the design of a unique vehicle that will conquer the Moon. The manufacturer said that the technology of the concern is to reach a completely new level. The motto of the new project is "Come back alive!" refers to a completely new type of cars that will be created for the development of the surface of the satellite of our planet. The Lunar Cruiser is being built for a lunar exploration mission.
Together with the manufacturer, the concept is being developed by the specialists from the Japan Aerospace Research Agency. They have to launch a manned sealed vehicle into space to explore the Moon.
This new mode of transport will use the energy of a new generation of hydrogen fuel cells. The lunar concept got its name for a reason, but the honor of its predecessor, the famous rugged Toyota Land Cruiser. The height of the new spacecraft is almost 6 meters. Its width is just over 5 meters. The Lunar Cruiser is expected to explore the Moon's south and north poles.
Until a certain moment, it was believed that the longest stay of the astronauts on the Moon was 3 Earth days. The new lunar rover is designed for a 6-week manned mission that will become a kind of record. For that period, the astronauts will be provided with all the necessary conditions.
First, the Lunar Cruiser is equipped with solar panels as well as hydrogen fuel cells. The change of day on the Moon has its own characteristics. There, day and night last two weeks. Therefore, the designers proposed using hydrogen fuel cells to provide the ship with energy in the dark.
The energy that will be accumulated by solar panels will become the driving force for the car. The mission is aimed at covering a distance of almost 10 thousand kilometers for 42 Earth days.
Externally, the Lunar Cruiser looks like two connected minibuses. Inside its cabin, two astronauts can comfortably fit. The concept project is focused on safely crossing the lunar terrain. The launch of the electric vehicle is scheduled for 2024.