Japanese team unveils lunar rover

posted on August 31, 2016

A team of Japanese researchers has unveiled a prototype flight model of a lunar rover based on an almost-completed design. They aim to put what would be Japan's first exploration vehicle on the moon next year.

The private sector team, named Hakuto, is made up of about 100 people including researchers from the space industry, Tohoku University scientists and others.
The model was unveiled on Monday.

The new model is about 60 centimeters long and weighs roughly 4 kilograms. It is equipped with wheels designed to travel on all types of terrain.

Hakuto is one of 16 private sector teams competing in an international contest run by the US IT giant Google and a private foundation.

The first team to operate a rover for 500 meters or more on the lunar surface and successfully transmit images and video back to earth will be awarded 20-million dollars.

source by NHK
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