Nissan unveils the prototype of the lunar module
Nissan unveils the prototype of the lunar module

Nissan has announced the prototype of the lunar probe jointly developed by the Japanese space agency JAXA.

JAXA's Space Exploration Innovation Center conducts research on lunar modules, an important technology for space exploration.

Since January 2020, Nissan has been cooperating with JAXA on the development of the RAV Control.

The lunar module must be able to traverse the powdery, rocky and hilly terrain of the Moon and be energy efficient. In addition, the energy available to propel vehicles into space is limited.

Nissan Research has applied engine control technology developed through the production of electric vehicles such as the LEAF and e-4ORCE integrated control technology into the Ariya electric vehicle.

The e-4ORCE Total Control technology improves the performance of the lunar module in challenging terrain.

Nissan focuses on developing stable driving performance that enables customers to drive their vehicles with greater confidence. Nissan e-4ORCE technology can control all four wheels independently and precisely, giving the driver complete confidence in all conditions.

As part of joint research with JAXA, Nissan is developing e-4ORCE technology to improve performance in sand and other challenging conditions.

When driving a car on sand, the wheels rotate several times, impeding forward movement. To avoid this problem, Nissan has developed a diffuser control unit that can reduce wheel spin depending on road conditions.

The Japanese company relies on integrated control technology so that the probe does not get stuck on the moon's surface.

Nissan prevents lunar lander from malfunctioning

The company said transmission control can reduce wheel slip depending on road conditions. This prevents the rover's wheels from penetrating the rocky terrain of the moon. The probe also provides power.

Through joint research, the company wants to contribute to the technological development of automotive technology and space research technology by sharing knowledge gained in developing test vehicles and combining it with JAXA's knowledge from automotive research.

So JAXA has set itself the goal of applying the research findings to future space research. The Foundation cooperates with companies, universities and research institutions on feasible projects and has potential for commercialization and innovation.

Through the joint research with the company, JAXA hopes to use the research results to develop a high-performance spacecraft on the lunar surface.

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