COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Bridgestone Corporation today announced that it will take part in an international space exploration mission together with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Toyota Motor Corporation. Recently announced by JAXA and Toyota, the goals of this mission are to expand the domain of human activity and develop intellectual property on space exploration. Bridgestone’s mission assignment is to research the performance needs of tires for use on manned, pressurized rovers*1 in order to help these rovers make better contact with the surface of the moon.
Manned, pressurized rover for lunar surface mobility and exploration. Courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation
Example of a contact patch