Product/Service - HAKUTO-R, Blueprint Moon, Series 1, Series 2
- Cargo Transportation & Landers
- Transport Service (LEO-Moon)
Commercial Lunar Lander
Lunar Data Analytics
- Development, Demonstrated
- First launch
The lunar lander is being built by ispace within ArianeGroup’s large clean room in Lampoldshausen, Germany. ArianeGroup is supplying components for the propulsion system, and also helping with integration and testing (including the avionics, solar panels and various payloads). In particular, the integration of the propellant tanks was a key step in the final integration process.
This lunar lander model is planned to be used by ispace for two lunar exploration missions by 2024* as part of the HAKUTO-R program, also dubbed “white rabbit” in reference to the character in a popular legend in which the shape of a rabbit can be seen in the dark markings on the Moon.
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., subsidiary of MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, Inc. based in Tokyo, Japan, has reached an agreement with ispace, inc. (ispace), a global lunar exploration company, to provide the world’s first “Lunar Insurance” policy that comprehensively covers risks arising from ispace’s Mission 1, from the launch of the rocket to the lunar landing.
The lunar lander is a spacecraft designed to land on the Moon. With the capacity to carry instruments and other supplies, it acts as a transportation system to the Moon. ispace is designing a small, unmanned lander for low-cost, high-frequency transportation to the Moon. By reducing the mass of the lander, ispace is able to ride as a secondary payload on a rocket, dramatically decreasing launch costs.
Our Series 2 lunar lander, a vehicle that is planned to be designed, manufactured, and launched in the United States, is intended to serve a large and diverse market including national and international scientists, government agencies, and commercial organizations. Our Series 2 lander is intended to provide low-cost and high-utility access to the lunar surface and should be well suited for a wide variety of payloads that range from scientific investigations to technology demonstrations.
Controllers lost contact with a lunar lander developed by a Japanese company moments before its scheduled touchdown, making it likely the spacecraft crashed during its final descent (SpaceNews, 2023-04-25)..
Product/Service - Rover
- Surface Spacecraft
- Commercial Rover
- Lunar Rover
- First launch
Mission 2 will transport a micro rover (small lunar rover) to the moon as a payload. ispace continues to develop smaller and lighter rovers, and in the future it is assumed that multiple micro rovers will be transported to the lunar surface for exploration and data collection.
The micro rover was designed by ispace Europe in Luxembourg, and utilizes its accumulated rover development knowledge. It is also being co-funded with the Luxembourg Space Agency as part of the LuxIMPULSE program managed by the Luxembourg Space Agency and implemented by the European Space Agency. ispace Europe currently has more than 20 staff members and will celebrate its 5th anniversary this year.
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