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July 16, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Toyota details plans for manned moon rover
These days, the world is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the launch of NASA's first manned moon mission. Just now Toyota gives insight into its plans to develop a manned space vehicle (rover) with fuel cell drive, together with the Japanese space agency JAXA. Planned deployment site: The moon.

In the coming year, a first prototype and certain technological elements are to be built, which will be subjected to various tests from the fiscal year 2021 onwards. The aim is to launch a manned space mission as early as 2029 after further testing, improvements and the development of models ready for series production.

Toyota also gave details of the schedule, at least for the next couple of years. According to that, in fiscal year 2019, the technological elements required for driving on the lunar surface are to be identified; in addition, the specifications of the Rover prototype are to be worked out.

For the fiscal year 2020, the project partners are planning the production of test components for the technical elements and the manufacture of the prototype. In fiscal year 2012, the test components will be tested and the results subsequently evaluated.

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