Hyundai Motor to Join Moon Surface Exploration
Seoul, 27 Jul (ONA) --- Hyundai Motor and its sister company Kia signed a joint research agreement today with six government-funded research institutes that encompass aeronautics and space capabilities to develop mobility for moon surface exploration, the companies said today.
Through this joint research, they will not only develop technologies needed to make mobility for moon surface exploration but also come up with specific strategies and methods to operate such mobility on the harsh environmental and geographical conditions of the moon, according to Hyundai Motor.
The moon has millions of large and small craters on its surface caused by collisions with meteorites, comets, and asteroids.
In addition, the moon is exposed to the radiation of the universe, which makes its weather more extreme. The moon has temperatures between 130 degrees Celsius and minus 170 degrees Celsius and is exposed to fine yet sharp dust.
The South Korean carmaker lined up its renowned robot-development team at Hyundai Robotics Lab, as well as those that have expertise in making equipment needed for space exploration.
Hyundai Motor and Kia hope to take the lead in securing mobility-related future technologies through this joint research and development and actualize their mobility vision, The Korea Herald News reported.