You must have seen the film. The Transformers fought apocalyptic deeds on the moon. Of course not that that would happen. But in Japan they have an interesting vision for the future. The transformer Japan is going to send to the moon is pretty real. It is launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Space Agency and Toys
He plans to use a transformable lunar robot to obtain data about the lunar surface. It will be released in 2022. Developed by JAXA with Doshisha University and Sony Corporation. Interestingly, the entertainment and toy company TOMY is participating. The transport of the robot to the moon is managed by the Japanese company ispace.
The lunar surface on which the manned print rover moves is a unique environment. Gravity is one sixth of the earth. And the surface is covered in regolith, sand on the moon. Specific technology is required to collect data on the lunar surface. For example, autonomous driving and cruise technology that the rover will use. It is debunked in a statement by JAXA.
The transformer Japan will send to the moon will be carried by the Ispace lunar lander, which will launch in 2022. The robot will drive over the surface of the moon. Images are being taken for the Mission Control Center by the lunar lander.
ispace was selected on the basis of an open tendering process. He signed a contract in April 2021. The moon device will be an ultra-compact and ultra-light robot. Traverse the harsh lunar environment with miniaturization technologies from TOMY. Control technologies from Sony are used.
The function of the robot is to transform itself into a running form. This happens after reaching the surface of the moon. This contributes to a volume reduction in the transport to the moon. Perhaps it will play an active role in future lunar exploration missions. Have a good trip, transformer.