Sumitomo Becomes Corporate Partner of ispace’s Lunar Program

Latest HAKUTO-R Lander and Rover design. (Credit: ispace)

Sumitomo Corporation to Explore Commercial Space Development Upon its 100th Anniversary

TOKYO (ispace PR) – Sumitomo Corporation, a 100-year old Japanese trading company and one of the world’s largest general trading companies, and ispace, inc. (“ispace”), a lunar exploration company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, are pleased to jointly announce that Sumitomo Corporation has become a Corporate Partner of HAKUTO-R, the world’s first commercial lunar exploration program. Upon the 100th anniversary of its founding, Sumitomo Corporation has decided to focus its attention on development of the commercial space industry.

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Suzuki Becomes Corporate Partner of ispace’s HAKUTO-R Lunar Program

Latest HAKUTO-R Lander and Rover design. (Credit: ispace)

Suzuki to Contribute Structural Analysis for Lunar Lander

TOKYO – August 22, 2019 – Suzuki Motor Corporation (“Suzuki”), a Japanese multinational automaker, and ispace, inc. (“ispace”), a lunar exploration company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, are pleased to jointly announce that Suzuki has become a Corporate Partner of HAKUTO-R, the world’s first commercial lunar exploration program.

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Citizen Watch Becomes Corporate Partner of ispace’s HAKUTO-R Lunar Program

Latest HAKUTO-R Lander and Rover design. (Credit: ispace)

Citizen to Apply Titanium Surface-Hardening Technology to Lunar Lander and Lunar Rover

TOKYO (ispace PR) – Citizen Watch Co., Ltd. (“Citizen”), a 100-year old Japanese watchmaker and one of the world’s largest watch manufacturers, and ispace, inc. (“ispace”), a lunar exploration company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, are pleased to jointly announce that Citizen has become a Corporate Partner of HAKUTO-R, the world’s first commercial lunar exploration program.

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SHOGAKUKAN Becomes Media Partner of ispace’s HAKUTO-R Lunar Program

Latest HAKUTO-R Lander and Rover design. (Credit: ispace)

TOKYO, August 22, 2019 (ispace PR) – SHOGAKUKAN Inc. (“SHOGAKUKAN”), a leading Japanese publisher of manga, picture books, dictionaries, educational guides and other “edu-tainment” material, and ispace, inc. (“ispace”), a lunar exploration company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, are pleased to jointly announce that SHOGAKUKAN has become a Media Partner of HAKUTO-R, the world’s first commercial lunar exploration program.

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ispace Makes Mission Timeline Adjustments for HAKUTO-R Lunar Program

Latest HAKUTO-R Lander and Rover design. (Credit: ispace)

TOKYO, August 22, 2019 (ispace PR) – ispace, inc. (“ispace”), a lunar exploration company, announced an adjusted mission schedule for its HAKUTO-R program, a commercial lunar exploration program consisting of the company’s first two lunar missions. The schedule includes a lunar landing in 2021 for Mission 1, and a landing and deployment of a rover for surface exploration in 2023 for Mission 2.

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ispace Adds 3 Corporate Partners, Delays Moon Missions

Latest HAKUTO-R Lander and Rover design. (Credit: ispace)

TOKYO, August 21, 2019 (iSpace PR) — Today, the lunar exploration company, ispace, announced new partnerships with three leading Japanese companies who will join ispace’s HAKUTO-R commercial lunar exploration program as Corporate Partners, as well as updates to the program’s mission timeline.

Notably, each of these partners are 100-year old companies with long established success on Earth, now edging toward the expansion of their business to the Moon.

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iSpace Launches Payloads into Space

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

iSpace, aka, Beijing Interstellar Glory Space Technology Ltd., has become the first private Chinese company to launch payloads into orbit.

The company launched its four-stage Hypobola-1 rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert on Thursday afternoon local time.

iSpace reported the rocket deployed the CAS-7B amateur radio satellite and a technology verification satellite for China Central Television. Three additional payloads remained attached to the upper stage as planned.

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Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Becomes Corporate Partner of ispace’s HAKUTO-R Lunar Program

Latest HAKUTO-R Lander and Rover design. (Credit: ispace)

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance & ispace Plan to Jointly Develop Lunar Insurance

TOKYO (ispace PR) – Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd. (“MSI”), a subsidiary of MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, Inc.  based in Tokyo, Japan, and lunar exploration company, ispace, inc. (“ispace”), announced today that MSI has become a Corporate Partner of HAKUTO-R, the world’s first commercial lunar exploration program.

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Asahi Shimbun Becomes HAKUTO-R Media Partner

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TOKYO (iSpace PR) – The Asahi Shimbun Newspaper (hereinafter: “Asahi Shimbun”), one of the oldest and largest national daily newspapers in Japan, and lunar exploration company, ispace, inc., announced that Asahi Shimbun will become the Media Partner of HAKUTO-R, the world’s first commercial lunar exploration program.

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NGK SPARK PLUG & HAKUTO-R Aim to Test Solid-State Battery Technology on the Moon in 2021

Thermal vacuum testing (Credit: HAKUTO)

NGK SPARK PLUG Becomes Corporate Partner of ispace’s HAKUTO-R Program

TOKYO, February 22, 2019 (ispace PR) – NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD. (hereinafter: “NGK SPARK PLUG”), a manufacturer with over 80 years of experience in spark plugs and ceramics, headquartered in Nagoya, Japan, and lunar exploration company, ispace, inc., announced today that NGK SPARK PLUG has agreed to participate as a Corporate Partner of the world’s first commercial lunar exploration program “HAKUTO – R”.

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Japan Airlines Becomes Corporate Partner of ispace’s HAKUTO-R Lunar Program

Latest HAKUTO-R Lander and Rover design. (Credit: ispace)

JAL Assisting Lunar Lander Assembly & Transportation; Pursuing Future Space Business

TOKYO, February 22, 2019 (ispace PR) – Japan Airlines Corporation (“JAL”) and lunar exploration company, ispace, inc., announced today that JAL has become a Corporate Partner of HAKUTO-R, the world’s first commercial lunar exploration program.

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China Plans Another Busy Launch Year with Return of Long March 5

Long March 5 on the launch pad. (Credit: China National Space Administration)

After a record 39 launches in 2018, China is planning to launch over 50 satellites aboard more than 30 launch vehicles this year, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) has announced.

The manifest includes the return to flight of China’s largest launch vehicle, Long March 5, after a two-year stand down. The booster, which can lift 14 metric tons to low Earth orbit (LEO), failed during its second flight on July 2, 2017 after a successful maiden flight eight months earlier.

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Draper Laboratory Unveils Team for NASA’s Next Moonshot

CAMBRIDGE, MA—Draper, a company with a heritage in space exploration dating to the Apollo moon landings, announced today its team for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract. Under the proposal, the team will support NASA in the delivery of small rovers and instruments to meet lunar science and exploration needs, advance development of lunar landers for human missions and conduct more research on the moon’s surface ahead of a human return.

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ispace to Launch Lunar Missions on SpaceX Falcon 9 in 2020, 2021

Latest HAKUTO-R Lander and Rover design. (Credit: ispace)

TOKYO, September 26, 2018 (ispace PR) – 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.

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China’s OneSpace Launches Suborbital Booster

OneSpace launched the OS-X1 suborbital rocket on Friday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in another step toward orbital flights for the Chinese commercial launch company, according to media reports.

Gbtimes reports the solid-fuel Chongqing Liangjiang Star booster reached an altitude of about 35 kilometer during a 3m 20s flight. The first flight of the suborbital rocket was conducted in May.

The flight was captured from space by the Jilin-1, which was passing overhead at the time.

The suborbital flights are testing technology for the company’s larger OS-XM orbital booster. The company is planning a flight test of that rocket by the end of the year.

The flight came two days after Chinese rival iSpace launched its Hyperbola-1Z suborbital rocket from Jiuquan. iSpace also has plans for an orbital launch vehicle and a space plane.

A third commercial launch firm, Landspace,  plans to launch the orbital Zhuque-1 rocket next month.