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Offline FutureSpaceTourist

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ispace lunar exploration company
« on: 12/13/2017 05:19 AM »
ispace is a Japanese lunar exploration company that is a Goigle Lunar X Prize competitor and has just announced $90M in series A funding:

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/12/ispace-announces--series-a-funding.html

See also: https://ispace-inc.com & attached company press release
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Re: ispace lunar exploration company
« Reply #1 on: 12/13/2017 05:20 AM »


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Published on 12 Dec 2017
Imagine the Moon supporting construction, energy, steel procurement, communications, transportation, agriculture, medicine, and tourism…

We believe that by 2040 the Moon will support a population of 1,000, with 10,000 people visiting every year.

ispace will be instrumental in supporting life on Earth through space-based infrastructure.

For more information, please visit: http://ispace-inc.com/

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Re: ispace lunar exploration company
« Reply #2 on: 12/13/2017 07:10 AM »
ispace is a Japanese lunar exploration company that is a Goigle Lunar X Prize competitor and has just announced $90M in series A funding:

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/12/ispace-announces--series-a-funding.html

See also: https://ispace-inc.com & attached company press release

A bit late for funding if it's to complete their entry, but if it's to pay for the launch, awesome news! (the number does seem about right if it's a dedicated launch)
« Last Edit: 12/13/2017 07:12 AM by Lar »
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Re: ispace lunar exploration company
« Reply #3 on: 12/13/2017 07:22 AM »
Developing ultra small rovers with 30kg payload lander around 2021. No mention of LV, Electron probably to small but LauncherOne and Firefly's 1000kg should be right size.


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Re: ispace lunar exploration company
« Reply #4 on: 12/13/2017 09:57 PM »
Developing ultra small rovers with 30kg payload lander around 2021. No mention of LV, Electron probably to small but LauncherOne and Firefly's 1000kg should be right size.
Or maybe they'll go for a shared launch in an existing vehicle...

Re: ispace lunar exploration company
« Reply #5 on: 12/14/2017 09:18 AM »
Developing ultra small rovers with 30kg payload lander around 2021. No mention of LV, Electron probably to small but LauncherOne and Firefly's 1000kg should be right size.
Or maybe they'll go for a shared launch in an existing vehicle...

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Work on the lander started early this year, Hakamada said. The lander should go through two key development milestones, a preliminary design review followed by a critical design review, next year. He said the company is in discussions to launch the spacecraft as secondary payloads on vehicles like SpaceX’s Falcon 9.

http://spacenews.com/japanese-lunar-exploration-company-ispace-raises-90-million/

It seems you're correct.

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Re: ispace lunar exploration company
« Reply #6 on: 12/18/2017 10:44 AM »
A couple of short new promo videos




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