ispace

Lunar robotic exploration company that is developing micro-robotic technology to provide a low-cost and frequent transportation service to and from Moon.

Created: 2018-11-22

Updated: 2023-09-16

Company - ispace

Founded
Country
2010
Japan,Luxembourg,USA
Funding
$195M
Website
ispace
Social
ispace

Product/Service - HAKUTO-R, Blueprint Moon, Series 1, Series 2

Classification
Cargo Transportation & Landers
Category
Transport Service (LEO-Moon)
Commercial Lunar Lander
Lunar Data Analytics
Fields
Moon
Status
Development, Demonstrated
First launch
2022

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.

HAKUTO-R Mission 1 launched in late 2022. The Series 1 Lander has been optimized for light weight, small size and reliability, aiming to succeed in the first commercial lunar landing.

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.

Series 1

A small commercial lunar lander used for delivering customer payloads to the Moon.

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.

Series 2

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)..

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