Hyundai Motor Group is collaborating with major Korean research groups with the goal of developing and launching a lunar rover by the end of this decade. As noted in a press release, we are told that the rover will be an autonomous driving vehicle that will be equipped with a collection of gadgets and advanced technologies intended to handle a variety of loads.
The rover will also feature solar-powered charging, thermal management systems, radiation shielding and will be able to carry equipment up to 70 kg in weight, and as for what kind of timeline Hyundai is looking at for this rover, it was mentioned that the goal is to have an initial test unit by the second half of 2024, and then launch a full-scale unit in 2027.
“Hyundai Motor Group has consistently stated that its goal is to contribute to expanding the human reach and scope of human mobility experiences,” said Yong Wha Kim, executive vice president and head of the R&D Planning & Coordination Center of Hyundai Motor and Kia. “The creation of the lunar exploration mobility development model not only reflects this goal, but also demonstrates our ambition to achieve tangible results in the face of great challenges. With the development of the rover, we are moving beyond land, sea and air mobility to expand into space mobility.”
The rover is expected to be put to work in the moon’s south polar region to carry out a collection of scientific missions.