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#1 2021-05-29 12:57:17

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The Japanese 'Lunar Cruiser'

JAXA/Toyota 'Lunar Cruiser'

The concept seems Large very big for Japan's launch ability and payloads but Japan has recently announced a Transformable Lunar Robot mission, folds up and then unfolds. This idea perhaps Assisting Development of the Crewed Pressurized Rover. The idea for a Japanese Manned Car/Rover has been around a while back in the days of NASDA,  in year 2003, NASDA merged with the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) and the National Aerospace Laboratory of Japan (NAL) into one Independent Administrative Institution: the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

It seems like the Car or truck will be Put into flat space like origami then it assembles itself

Japan to send ‘transforming robot’ to the Moon in 2022
https://www.theregister.com/2021/05/27/ … oon_robot/
It’s a pathfinder for Toyota’s planned self-driving lunar buggy, and tiny compared to Optimus Prime

'The Lunar Cruiser name, which references the Toyota Land Cruiser SUV, will be used for the fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV). '
https://futurride.com/2020/08/28/jaxa-a … r-cruiser/
'The partners say that such a form of mobility is deemed necessary for human exploration activities on the lunar surface. Even with the limited amount of energy that can be transported to the moon, the pressurized rover would have a total lunar-surface cruising range of more than 10,000 km (16,100 km).'

https://hooktube.com/watch?v=4ASXWxQJneU
https://ytprivate.com/watch?v=4ASXWxQJneU

JAXA Vice President Koichi Wakata said: '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.

Auto makers reaching for the moon
https://www.rubbernews.com/automotive/a … ching-moon
As space agencies work toward returning humans to the planet's only natural satellite, a number of automotive giants are unveiling high-tech concept vehicles that—once built and tested—have a shot at transporting astronaut crews and payloads across the lunar surface by the late 2020s and early 2030s.
Such is the goal of Toyota Motor Corp., Japan's largest auto maker. The company in July 2019 signed on to a three-year joint research agreement with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, known as JAXA, to build a pressurized moon rover equipped with hydrogen fuel cells and six wheels.

A name “Space HiAce” is used in media
Also mentions in news reports of Hyundai Motor Group’s TIGER X-1 mobility concept, Audi, GM
'Audi and PTS officials did not respond to requests for a project update, but the companies previously indicated an intent to send the Lunar Quattro to touch down near the 1972 landing site of Apollo 17 and take 360-degree photographs on the moon.'

Running on a fuel cell, the lunar vehicle will only emit water and surplus air.

JAXA and Toyota have been working together to study the plan since May 2018.

Toyota gives its hydrogen-powered lunar rover a familiar name
https://www.autoblog.com/2020/08/31/toy … r-cruiser/
It's like a Land Cruiser for the Moon

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#2 2021-05-31 03:54:22

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Re: The Japanese 'Lunar Cruiser'

The Old Lunar Roving Vehicle or Moon Buggy
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lu … o_lrv.html

some other Rover concepts some manned and some un-manned. We have the Japan Car linked above and more info https://www.techeblog.com/toyota-jaxa-lunar-rover-moon/ , the Motor company Audi has a Lunar Quattro Robot, flight to the Moon is planned for October 2021 onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 two-stage rocket https://mission-to-the-moon.com/press-r … index.html lithium-ion battery https://www.carmagazine.co.uk/car-news/ … tro-rover/ Two Lunar Quattro Rovers? https://drivemag.com/news/audi-will-hav … on-in-2018
Resource Prospector is a cancelled mission concept by NASA of a rover that would have performed a survey of Lunar areas for future manned missions? https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/27/1728 … ector-moon Scarab rover by the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University https://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2008/04 … -rovers-a/ HERACLES (Human-Enhanced Robotic Architecture and Capability for Lunar Exploration and Science) is a planned robotic transport system by Canada, Japan and Europe https://www.thespacereview.com/article/3843/1 Astrobotic Technology, a Pittsburgh-based company a Team Looking for the Lunar X-Prize. https://spacenews.com/astrobotic-adds-a … ts-lander/ The Scifi looking Robot ATHLETE (looks like a Spider on Skates it is a six-legged robotic lunar rover under development by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) designed, for maximum efficiency, to be able to both roll and walk over a wide range of terrains. https://www-robotics.jpl.nasa.gov/syste … ?System=11

and of course we have the future possibility of Chinese or Russian based MoonCars from the design of the USSR/Russian Moon Rovers or China's unmanned mission to Mars.

South Korean could also be a possibility now putting a lot of money into its future space industries. 'Kari'
http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-la … ssion.html

How different would a Mars Buggy be to a Moon-Buggy?

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#3 2021-05-31 04:15:11

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I might start another thread on the Lockheed/GM Moto concepts ???

Lockheed and GM team up for Lunar rovers for Artemis program
https://www.moondaily.com/reports/Lockh … m_999.html

"Surface mobility is critical to enable and sustain long-term exploration of the lunar surface. These next-generation rovers will dramatically extend the range of astronauts as they perform high-priority science investigation on the Moon that will ultimately impact humanity's understanding of our place in the solar system."

GM is a leader in battery-electric technologies and propulsion systems that are central to its multi-brand, multi-segment electric vehicle strategy, positioning the company for an all-electric future. Additionally, GM will use autonomous technology to facilitate safer and more efficient operations on the Moon.

"General Motors made history by applying advanced technologies and engineering to support the Lunar Rover Vehicle that the Apollo 15 astronauts drove on the Moon," said Alan Wexler, senior vice president of Innovation and Growth at General Motors. "Working together with Lockheed Martin and their deep-space exploration expertise, we plan to support American astronauts on the Moon once again."

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#4 2021-06-01 07:05:35

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Japan Will Send a Baseball-Sized Transformer Robot to the Moon
https://www.vice.com/en/article/n7beng/japan-moon-rover

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#5 2021-06-01 10:05:39

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More news on Japan Un-manned Vehicle ideas
https://www.digitaltrends.com/news/jaxa … nar-rover/
Japan wants to send a transforming spherical robot to the moon

Part of a future mission?

Plans for 2021 include manufacturing test parts for each technology element and manufacturing a prototype rover," a Toyota spokeswoman Carley Hummel confirmed.

NASA already issued calls for companies in the U.S. auto industry to submit ideas for "human-class" lunar rovers.

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#6 2021-06-01 18:04:56

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Re: The Japanese 'Lunar Cruiser'

The thoughts of being able to move about on the moon or mars without a space suit in the comfort of shirt sleeves is something that is desirable. The pursuit of such a vehicle capable of containing us as we RV around is a must.

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#7 2021-06-29 06:53:16

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"Japan aims to get Mars moon sample in fiscal 2029"
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20210629_17/
The council aims to have the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, successfully launch a probe in fiscal 2024 to realize the plan of bringing back samples from Phobos to Earth five years later.

Only 5% of the Moon’s surface has been explored by humans...Lockheed Martin, General Motors Developing Autonomous Moon Rover
https://www.plasticstoday.com/automotiv … moon-rover

Human Life in Space, Automobile company in Japan to Create a "Renewable Energy System" in Space
the company Honda, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency to study renewable energy for outer-space applications
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/honda-japan-a … 00655.html

old topic
http://newmars.com/forums/viewtopic.php?id=13
Space Industrialization - Should a massive attempt at mining occur

Honda wants to go to the moon too
https://www.autoindustriya.com/auto-ind … n-too.html

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#8 2021-07-27 05:01:49

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Japan is joining the push to return to the moon
https://thehill.com/opinion/technology/ … o-the-moon

power supplies for next-generation electric rocket motors
https://bestjapantechnology.blogspot.co … -post.html

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#9 2021-07-29 04:17:51

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The Porsche family, a German automobile dynasty

One of Europe’s Richest Families Is Joining the Billionaire Space Race
https://observer.com/2021/07/porsche-fa … ge-spacex/
The billionaire space race dominated by the Bezos-Musk-Branson trio now has a new participant: Europe’s Porsche family. Porsche SE, the holding company that controls Volkswagen, on Wednesday announced an investment in German rocket maker Isar Aerospace, a startup vying to challenge SpaceX, Blue Origin and Virgin Group’s Virgin Orbit in the booming business of low-cost satellite launch service.

Porsche SE is joined by the venture capital company HV Capital and Swiss bank Lombard Odier to invest $75 million a funding round that values Isar at $550 million. In exchange, Porsche SE would receive a “a low single-digit percentage stake” in the company.

Although a half-a-billion-dollar valuation pales in comparison with the scale of SpaceX and Blue Origin—SpaceX was most recently valued at $76 billion; Blue Origin receives $1 billion in fresh capital every year from Bezos—it’s a sizable amount for a company barely three years old with zero track record.

Since its inception in 2018, Isar has raised a total of $180 million in venture capital funding from investors including Airbus’s VC arm and Bülent Altan, a former satellite mission executive at SpaceX.

Isar plans to launch its first test flight next year with a launch vehicle called “Spectrum.” In May, the company was awarded a contract by Germany’s space agency to launch two government satellites into low Earth orbit.

The Porsche funding “will allow Isar Aerospace to further invest in its launch, testing, and manufacturing infrastructure for its largely automated rocket production and commercial operations,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

Unlike SpaceX and the smaller Rocket Lab that specialize in reusable boosters, Isar’s core strategy to reduce launch cost is to automate the rocket production process.

“We are convinced that cost-effective and flexible access to space will be a key enabler for innovations in traditional industries as well as for new and disruptive technologies and business models,” Lutz Meschke, deputy chairman of Porsche SE, said in a statement.

Porsche SE is controlled by the related Porsche and Piëch families. Porsche’s founder, Ferdinand Porsche, is the designer of the original VW Beetle. His grandson, Ferdinand Piëch, became the chairman of Volkswagen in 1993.

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