Quote from: Blackstar on 08/13/2020 12:11 pmDoes anybody know of a site that compares the dimensions and masses of the current crop of robotic lunar landers? I'm interested in the ones from Astrobotic, Intuitive Machines, and the Israeli and Indian ones.I've seen an indication that the Surveyor lander was 3.5 meters in height, which makes it a lot higher than this ispace lander, although it's just a bit confusing.The Surveyer lander overall height is probably 3.5 meters. That is at the top of mast with the planar antenna fully elevated. The spacecraft chassis is about a meter high from the photos of astronauts standing next to it. So the HAKUTO-R appears to be twice as high as the Surveyer when comparing spacecraft chassis.
Does anybody know of a site that compares the dimensions and masses of the current crop of robotic lunar landers? I'm interested in the ones from Astrobotic, Intuitive Machines, and the Israeli and Indian ones.I've seen an indication that the Surveyor lander was 3.5 meters in height, which makes it a lot higher than this ispace lander, although it's just a bit confusing.
Japanese lunar lander startup ispace raised $28 million in its latest round led by Incubate Fund, Space Frontier Fund, Takasago Thermal Engineering and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance — bringing its total fundraising to ~$125 million to date.https://ispace-inc.com/news/?p=1681
ispace is developing a data-centric platform to support industry players with lunar market entry. We’ve labeled this endeavor “Blueprint Moon”. Under this platform, companies can use our services to both design and deliver their business to the Moon.
Japanese lunar lander start-up ispace to open US office in DenverPUBLISHED TUE, NOV 10 20208:38 AM ESTMichael Sheetz@THESHEETZTWEETZKEY POINTSJapanese lunar exploration start-up ispace on Monday announced plans to expand operations in the U.S., saying it is establishing an office in Denver, Colorado.“In order to be competitive in [the space] industry, having the business in the United States is a big part,” ispace CEO Takeshi Hakamada told CNBC.The company received approval to establish a U.S. office through the Commerce Department’s SelectUSA program, which assists with foreign direct investments.
Blackstar posted this from the video linked above: "Within the next ten years, there are already over 60 scheduled missions to the Moon."It would be nice to know what those missions in the posted graphic are.
NASA Selects Companies to Collect Lunar Resources for Artemis Demonstrations:https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-selects-companies-to-collect-lunar-resources-for-artemis-demonstrations/Quote from: NASANEW: We've selected the companies that will collect resources from the Moon, building knowledge for #Artemis and future missions to Mars. They are:@LunarOutpostInc of Colorado@MastenSpace of California@ispace_inc of Europe@ispace_inc of Japanhttps://twitter.com/NASA/status/1334580720451399680
NEW: We've selected the companies that will collect resources from the Moon, building knowledge for #Artemis and future missions to Mars. They are:@LunarOutpostInc of Colorado@MastenSpace of California@ispace_inc of Europe@ispace_inc of Japan
This is an introduction to the flight model design of the HAKUTO-R commercial lunar lander.*The is the planned launch schedule updated as of July 2020.
ispace revealed the final design of its lunar lander that will be used in the first mission of the company’s “HAKUTO-R” program, a multinational commercial lunar exploration program.
The Japanese ambassador to Israel, Mizushima Koichi, hosted a signing ceremony between the Israeli and Japanese companies for the two memorandum of understandings (MoU), in which ispace will deliver Helios’ technology to the lunar surface onboard ispace’s lander by the end of 2023 and mid-2024.Helios’ payloads, called Lunar Extractor – 1 and Lunar Extractor – 2, aim to demonstrate the production of oxygen and metals from the local resources.
A couple views of the full-scale model of ispace’s new, larger lunar lander on display at #SpaceSymposium (including people for scale.)
Spanish-German startup Plus Ultra Space Outposts plans to deploy the bulk of its proposed lunar communications and navigation constellation with ispace, the Japanese lunar transportation venture selling accommodations on its moon-bound landers.Plus Ultra and ispace announced a collaboration agreement Jan. 20 that includes the transport and deployment of Plus Ultra’s Harmony minisatellites as soon as 2024.<snip>Plus Ultra expects to launch its first satellite in late 2023 with German startup Rocket Factory Augsburg before hitching its first ride with ispace as part of the venture’s third lander mission. That mission would mark the debut of the larger Series 2 lander that ispace unveiled in August during the 36th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.According to ispace, its Series 2 lander will be capable of carrying 2,000 kilograms of payload to lunar orbit and 500 kilograms to the moon’s surface — significantly more than the 30 kilograms the first two Series 1 landers will be able to tote.The Series 2 lander will be equipped with enough onboard propulsion to reach the moon on its own after separating from the rocket that launches it into space. The Series 2 lander is being designed and built in the United States to compete for contracts under NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services program. Mission operation details are not being disclosed. However, the Series 2 lander’s 2,000 kilograms of carrying capacity to lunar orbit means that a single mission could potentially deploy more than one of the eight 400-kilogram satellites that Plus Ultra plans to send to the moon to provide communications and navigation services for visiting spacecraft.