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Six Korean research universities have inked a contract with Hyundai Motor and Kia to explore transportation options for lunar exploration. The project, which was launched in response to Korea’s successful launch of a domestically made rocket in June, also includes the establishment of a consultation council.
Yong Wha Kim, Executive Vice President and Head of Hyundai Motor and Kia’s R&D Planning & Coordination Center, stated “In order to make our vision for robotics and the idea of Metamobility a reality, we have already taken the first step. To further advance civilization and contribute to the creation of a brighter future, we shall broaden the breadth of human movement experience beyond conventional modes of transportation and beyond the boundaries of Earth.”
The Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT), the Korea Institute of Astronomy and Space Science (KASI), the Korea Automotive Technology Institute (KATECH), the Korea Institute of Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), and the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute are the research organisations collaborating with the initiative (ETRI). As it develops and reviews specific plans and implementation methods for lunar operations, the consultative body is expected to define the concepts for lunar exploration mobility and significant core technologies. These consist of remote communication technologies, mobility operations software, and exploration equipment.
Due of the fine, hard, and abrasive dust on the Moon’s surface, it is a particularly challenging environment for automated systems. Other difficult conditions on the moon to deal with are the absence of air, high temperature changes, and a surface covered in numerous craters. The technology created for the Moon is the ultimate testing ground and is anticipated to be translated into intelligent and environmentally friendly transportation options for use on Earth. The two businesses will work together to build specialised tools and robotics for lunar surface exploration.