JAXA and Toyota sign agreement for fuel cell-powered Moon rover

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota Motor Corporation have taken the first steps in launching a Moon rover powered by fuel cells.

The two companies today signed a three-year research agreement, running from fiscal 2019 to fiscal year 2021 to manufacture, test and evaluate prototypes.

The rover will be used for missions to explore the Moon’s polar regions, with the aim of both investigating the possibility of using the Moon’s resources – such as frozen water – and acquiring technologies that enable exploration of the surfaces of massive heavenly bodies.

An overview of the research to be carried is as follows:

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