The rover highlights the strengths of Japanese engineering by fitting numerous complex components into a small space: Miniaturizing technology while keeping a lightweight design.
Commercial parts keep costs down and contribute to a smoother development process.
After considerable testing, we built the rover to withstand 14Grms liftoff vibrations.
Lunar temperatures can range between -150º and 100º C. To compensate for this, silvercoated Teflon covers the rover and helps keep inside temperatures stable.
The rover’s camera system uses four cameras that capture images from 360º for both research and maneuvering.
The hybrid communication architecture combines the 900MHz and 2.4 GHz frequencies for connectivity and speed.
Lightweight solar panels positioned on either side of the rover offer more exposure to sunlight.
Carbon-fiber enforced plastic (CFRP), makes up the rover’s body. It offers unparalleled weight savings and strength.
The powder-like sand of the Moon presents new challenges for mobility, so we developed wheels with grouser tracks.
We’ve 3D printed the rover’s wheels from ULTEM, which can handle extreme heat and offers strength and rigidity.