Mobile Base for Antarctica Unveiled by JAXA, Others

Science Society Technology

Tokyo, Oct. 29 (Jiji Press)--The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, the National Institute of Polar Research, Misawa Homes Co. <1722> and others unveiled a housing unit on Tuesday that can easily be shipped to and installed in the Antarctic.

After being shipped to Showa Station, a Japanese research base in Antarctica, by the Japanese icebreaker Shirase in November, a number of the housing units will be used by Antarctic expedition team members between February and September next year.

The units will then be transported by vehicle to Dome Fuji Station, a Japanese research station located inland, to be used as living spaces.

The housing units were developed by JAXA, Misawa Homes and others as elemental technologies needed to build a future lunar base.

By using the housing units in Antarctica, those involved in the project hope to test out functionality and check for problems.

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