Japan plans to explore the Moon using a new robot that appears to be inspired by the design of BB-8, the ball droid from the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
Science fiction cinema has been inspiring scientists and explorers around the planet for decades, especially in the field of space exploration, where franchises such as Star Wars or Star Trek have led to achievements in the field of technology to discover and explore new planets. Now that agencies like SpaceX are trying to re-popularize the space race, many countries are looking at the stars again.
This brings us to the robot that Japan will send to the Moon soon in order to explore the surface of our satellite. A robot that seems inspired, saving the distances, in BB-8, the friendly ball droid from Star Wars.
According to Engadget, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has collaborated with Doshisha University , Sony and the toy manufacturer Tomy, to develop a ball-shaped robot with which to explore the lunar surface.
The robot will incorporate a camera inside that can be deployed to take image captures. Sony will use its expertise in the “real ball droids” field, which it has been cultivating since 2007, when it introduced Sony Rolly . Ispace will launch the lander that will take this ball robot to the Moon in 2022. It remains to be seen if the technology it incorporates really lives up to the mobility of BB-8 or if it jams easily.
What do you think of the design of this rolling robot that Japan plans to send to the Moon?