Say hello to Nissan moon rover prototype. Development cooperation with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, this plane is the result of nearly two years of work. It may look like a simple box on a frame with four wheels on it, but this simple box on a frame is designed to work in places like the moon.
Nissan’s contribution to the project is the implementation of the company’s e-4ORCE all-wheel-drive technology. We sampled this technology on a Nissan a few years ago, and now that knowledge is being applied to make a lunar rover more likely to traverse the planet’s surface. The main focus is on improving performance in sandy conditions, but Nissan says it also accounts for the moon’s gravel, rocky and undulating terrain. Basically, Nissan’s job is to make sure the driver doesn’t get stuck. In addition, Nissan is helping to ensure that the driver’s energy is distributed as efficiently as possible, because the energy resources required to operate such a vehicle in space are limited.
“Car usage and driving situations are varied,” said Toshiyuki Nakajima. GM in Nissan’s Advanced Vehicle Engineering Department. “We aim for ultimate driving performance through our research and development and believe that the know-how gained from this joint research with JAXA will lead to innovations in our vehicles, bringing benefits for customers.”
Nissan has touted its e-4ORCE driving system in the upcoming electric Ariya. It’s great to see that engineering for space can eventually be passed down to the cars the general public drives, no matter how small the impact. Plus, we can all hope that today’s Nissan technologies will help us go further and learn more about space.
Ikkoh Funaki, JAXA Director of the Center for Space Exploration Innovation, said: “By conducting research with Nissan, which has expertise in electrification technology, we hope to apply the findings. present to develop more efficient lunar gliders.