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Tech & ScienceJapan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023

18:20  25 august  2019
18:20  25 august  2019 Source:   techcrunch.com

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Japanese startup ispace is now targeting 2021 for their first lunar landing , and 2023 for a second lunar mission that will […] The company’ s HAKUTO-R program was originally planned to include a mission in 2020 that would involve sending a lunar orbital vehicle for demonstration purposes without

Japan ’ s iSpace , which is a company that deals with resource exploration and robotics, has Once the spacecraft is in orbit, iSpace will be using its second mission with SpaceX in 2021 to achieve a soft Besides helping iSpace to achieve their lunar landing in the coming years, SpaceX has also signed

Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023 Takeshi Hakamada, CEO of Japanese firm ispace, holds a press conference to explain about the ipsace lunar lander and rover of its lunar programme HAKUTO-R in Tokyo on September 26, 2018. - A Japanese start-up said on September 26 it has signed with Elon Musk's SpaceX for two exploration projects to send spacecraft to the moon. Japan's ispace, a private lunar exploration company, will send its lunar lander and rovers in mid-2020 and mid-2021 on a SpaceX's rocket. (Photo by Natsuko FUKUE / AFP) (Photo credit should read NATSUKO FUKUE/AFP/Getty Images) One of the private companies aiming to deliver a commercial lunar lander to the Moon has adjusted the timing for its planned mission, which isn't all that surprising given the enormity of the task. Japanese startup ispace is now targeting 2021 for their first lunar landing, and 2023 for a second lunar mission that will also include deploying a rover on the Moon's surface.

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The company's 'HAKUTO-R' program was originally planned to to include a mission in 2020 that would involve sending a lunar orbital vehicle for demonstration purposes without any payloads, but that part of the plan has been scrapped in favor of focusing all efforts on delivering actual payloads for commercial customers by 2021 instead.

This updated focus, the company says, is due mostly to the speeding up of the global market for private launch services and payload delivery, including for things like NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services program, wherein the agency is looking for a growing number of private contractors to support its own needs in terms of getting stuff to the Moon.

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Ispace ’ s lunar orbiter/ lander and lunar rovers would fly as secondary payloads on SpaceX’ s Falcon 9 rocket. The primary goal for the first mission would An even more ambitious SpaceX mission, aimed at sending Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa and a team of artists around the moon and back in

A Japanese company with hopes of exploring the Moon says it has purchased room on two ispace has had its sights set on the Moon for years now . The company originally oversaw a finalist ispace , which has headquarters in Japan , Luxembourg, and the US, has raised nearly million, and it will

Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023
Japan's ispace now aims for a lunar landing in 2021, and a Moon rover deployment in 2023

ispace itself isn't on the list of 9 companies selected in round one of NASA's program, but the Japanese company is supporting American non-profit Draper in its efforts, which was one fo the chosen. The Draper/ispace team-up happened after ispace's initial commitment to its 2020 orbital demo, so its change in priorities makes sense given the new tie-up.

HAKUTO-R will use SpaceX's Falcon 9 for its first missions, and the company has also signed partnerships with JAXA, Japan's space agency, as well as new corporate partners including Suzuki, Sumitomo Corporation, Shogakukan, and Citizen Watch.

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