Japan to Build Hydrogen Fuel Plant on the Moon

  • It is expected by 2035 the first fuel station for interplanetary flights will actually work on the moon.
  • The plant for the production of hydrogen fuel on the moon is supposed to be located near the South pole of the earth's natural satellite.
  • A new H-III cargo ship is being developed in Japan.

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced plans to build a hydrogen fuel plant on the moon. There are no technical data for this project yet. While we can only guess, however, if you look at the history of space research in Japan, we can assume that by 2035 the first fuel station for interplanetary flights will actually work on the moon.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is the Japanese national aerospace and space agency. Through the merger of three previously independent organizations, JAXA was formed on 1 October 2003.

It is not known how the future production is supposed to be thrown to the moon, and whether the help of astronauts will be required for its installation or whether everything will happen automatically.

The plant for the production of hydrogen fuel on the moon is supposed to be located near the South Pole of the earth’s natural satellite, where, according to available data, there are ice deposits.

Ice will be used to produce water, as well as to generate a fuel pair of oxygen oxidizer and hydrogen used as fuel.

Currently, JAXA is working closely with NASA on the Artemis manned lunar mission program. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan and NASA signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of research of the earth’s natural satellite.

The parties will exchange technology and data, and a Japanese astronaut is to be part of one of the manned missions to the moon. It should be noted that in May, NASA presented the basic principles on which the proposed international agreement on the development of the moon will be based, to which the US plans to involve a number of partner states.

The International Space Station (ISS) is a modular space station (habitable artificial satellite) in low Earth orbit. It is a multinational collaborative project between five participating space agencies: NASA (United States), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), and CSA (Canada).

Furthermore, Japan is one of three countries that regularly fly to the International Space Station (ISS). The Japanese H-II Kounotori cargo ships make trips about once a year, delivering water, oxygen, food and necessary equipment to the station.

For each flight, the white stork brings 6 thousand kg of payload, which is two and a half times more than the Russian Progress, and almost twice as much as the American Dragon.

Moreover, there is a new H-III cargo ship is being developed in Japan. It will have an increased payload capacity. Hence, it would be seven tons more of cargo per launch.  H-III will also have a small return capsule to send the results of scientific experiments from the station back to Earth. The first launch of a technical demonstration prototype on an H3 rocket is scheduled for February 2022.

Overall, the moon development is the in the near future. The US and Russia both have plans to set up colonies on the moon. Russian scientists developed a moon colony idea with artificial gravityand Russia developed the patent for the moon colony. Additionally, Russia announced the creation of aGPS-like system for the moon last month.

There should be careful consideration for the moon environment as well. There are no need to destruct the moon habitats, how it happened on our planet.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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