By >Akihabara News Team
Japan to construct Robotic Base on the Moon by 2020
Japan is planning to invest 200 billion yen for a robotic base near the south pole of the Moon by 2020. For the project, rover robots some of which weigh about 300 kg will be exploring the moon’s inner structure and gather rock samples. In order for these tasks, they will be equipped with solar panels, seismographs as well as HD cameras and arms. The government is also planning to establish a power system based on solar power and lithium-ion batteries. Another interesting detail is their plan for HDTV broadcast from the Moon.
This unmanned lunar base can be considered as a precursor for Japan’s manned lunar base project starting from 2030.
P.S. For the ones interested, actually George Friedman, the CEO of the private intelligence corporation Stratfor, has already talked about this and made many other feasible forecasts in his book “The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century. Highly recommended.