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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
« Last Edit: 12/13/2017 05:19 AM by FutureSpaceTourist »

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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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Re: ispace lunar exploration company
« Reply #7 on: 09/26/2018 06:33 AM »



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Re: ispace lunar exploration company
« Reply #8 on: 09/26/2018 07:03 AM »
https://ispace-inc.com/news/?p=713

Lunar Exploration Startup, ispace, Partners with SpaceX for 2020 & 2021 Moon Missions
26 Sep, 2018

ispace’s Google Lunar XPRIZE Team Reboots as “HAKUTO-R”, Releases New Spacecraft Designs

TOKYO – September 26, 2018 – ispace, a company developing robotics for lunar delivery and resource exploration, announced today that SpaceX will be the launch provider for its maiden voyages to the Moon scheduled for 2020 and 2021. The company’s first two lunar missions will be carried out under the program name HAKUTO-R, standing for “Reboot”, a reference to ispace’s management of HAKUTO, a Google Lunar XPRIZE competition finalist.

ispace contracted with SpaceX to carry its spacecraft—its Lunar Lander and Lunar Rovers—as secondary payloads on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. Launches for the first and second missions for the HAKUTO-R program will occur in mid-2020 and mid-2021, respectively. ispace is the first lunar exploration company to purchase multiple launches.

■ Takeshi Hakamada, ispace Founder & CEO: “We share the vision with SpaceX of enabling humans to live in space, so we’re very glad they will join us in this first step of our journey.”

■ Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX President & COO: “We are entering a new era in space exploration and SpaceX is proud to have been selected by ispace to launch their first lunar missions. We are looking forward to delivering their innovative spacecraft to the Moon.”

The decision to bring back the “HAKUTO” name—meaning “white rabbit” in Japanese, based on local folklore about a rabbit on the Moon—comes 6 months after the  Google Lunar XPRIZE ended. The HAKUTO-R program will be a technology demonstration for ispace. Success criteria for Mission 1 has been defined as an orbit around the Moon, while Mission 2 will perform a soft lunar landing and deployment of rovers to collect data from the lunar surface.

ispace released the latest designs of its spacecraft following the successful completion of a Preliminary Design Review (PDR), in which a panel of 26 external experts from Japan, Europe, and the US—including the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)—reviewed both technical and programmatic status of HAKUTO-R. Key feedback from the PDR Board Report concluded that the PDR of the lunar orbit mission is “successful pending closure of key actions” and all aspects of the design were found to be feasible.

PDR Reviewer Feedback

■ Yasufumi Wakabayashi, a 40-year career veteran and retired supervisor for spaceflight technology at JAXA: “ispace is working on space development with a solid environment, gathering a considerable level of talent.”

■ Martin Riehle, Orbital Propulsion Expert & Technical Authority, Ariane Group: “When looking on schedule, price and effort, the approach that ispace is following is much more lean and efficient [than ESA or NASA]. So far, I absolutely can underline that you’re on track for success.”
« Last Edit: 09/26/2018 07:11 AM by Steven Pietrobon »
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Re: ispace lunar exploration company
« Reply #9 on: 09/26/2018 11:06 PM »
I really do hope they fly and wish them the best of luck.



I hear those things are awfully loud. It glides as softly as a cloud. What's it called? Monowhale!

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Re: ispace lunar exploration company
« Reply #10 on: 09/26/2018 11:26 PM »
https://pets-animals.blurtit.com/2095729/is-there-any-rabbit-in-the-moon

Linking to a different interpretation of the rabbit.  I like it because it uses Mare Crisium as the rabbit's tail.  There are othr ways of making the picture fit as well.  I find it interesting that the same moon rabbit motif is found in mesoamerican folklore as well. 




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Re: ispace lunar exploration company
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Re: ispace lunar exploration company
« Reply #12 on: 10/07/2018 04:27 PM »
OK - we want to cover this more in depth via an article already written by Thomas. If anyone is involved, or can help, please message me.

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