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Revolutionary Lunar Rover Success: India’s Chandrayaan-3 Inspires Hyundai’s Moon Expedition Plans

Hyundai is developing a lunar exploration mobility rover, drawing inspiration from Chandrayaan-3's success.

Edited By : Mayank Kasyap | Updated: Aug 24, 2023 10:06 IST
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New Delhi: The nation is ablaze with celebrations after the triumphant landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the Moon. With this achievement, a new era of lunar exploration has dawned, promising insights into phenomena like earthquakes and other lunar properties. And did you know that South Korean carmaker Hyundai is also gearing up for a celestial journey of its own?

Lunar Rover in the Making

Hyundai Motor Group recently revealed its preliminary developmental model of a lunar exploration mobility rover, reminiscent of Chandrayaan-3’s success. Collaborating with aerospace partners in Korea, Hyundai is diligently crafting the Lunar Rover.

Feather-Light Design

The Lunar Rover project, a result of Hyundai’s partnership with six Korean research institutes, is projected to weigh a mere 70 kg. This lightweight design showcases Hyundai’s commitment to cutting-edge technology and innovation.

Advanced Features Await

Much like India’s Chandrayaan-3, this Lunar Rover is set to be equipped with advanced features, including cameras and LiDAR sensors. Though specifics remain undisclosed, insiders speculate that testing may commence in 2024, with a launch scheduled for 2027, boasting automatic driving technology and sophisticated robotic capabilities.

Lunar Rover’s Core Components

The Lunar Rover is anticipated to feature components such as motors, wheels, and a comprehensive driving system. This adaptable rover is engineered to operate efficiently in diverse weather conditions, making it versatile and reliable.

Hyundai’s Pioneering Vision

After sealing a partnership with six Korean research institutes, Hyundai aims to augment human mobility experience. With an eye toward contributing to lunar human exploration, the project’s coordinator, Yong Va Kim, emphasizes Hyundai’s aspiration to leave an indelible mark on lunar exploration.

As India revels in Chandrayaan-3’s successful lunar landing, Hyundai’s Lunar Rover project amplifies the global momentum in lunar exploration. With both nations paving the way for further celestial discoveries, the Moon is truly the next frontier beckoning human curiosity.

First published on: Aug 24, 2023 07:33 AM IST

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