Emirates Lunar Mission’s ‘Rashid’ rover to go to the Moon on ispace’s Mission 1 in 2022
ispace to provide payload delivery, and communication and power services for the rover
Agreement further strengthens UAE-Japan collaboration in space exploration
Dubai, UAE, 14 April 2021 (ispace PR) — The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has signed a contract with Japan’s ispace, inc. (ispace), under which the latter will provide payload delivery services for the ambitious Emirates Lunar Mission. Under this agreement, ispace becomes a key strategic and implementation partner to MBRSC on the Emirates Lunar Mission, the first of its kind from the Arab world.
Chinese launch provider iSpace (aka, Beijing Interstellar Glory Space Technology Co.) says that a piece of foam insulation caused the failure of its Hyperbola-1 rocket on Feb. 1.
“The flight failure…was located at a piece of insulation foam that should have fallen off. After falling off, it fell on the No. 4 grid rudder, causing the IV grid rudder to be blocked under the action of aerodynamic pressure,” the company said in a press release. “During the flight, the rudder IV was blown down again. After the rudder IV resumed the control system to track the command, the rudder deflection angle completed a deflection of more than 30 degrees in a short time, causing a sudden change in the attitude of the arrow body, which led to the failure of the flight test.”
It is not clear what payloads were lost in the launch failure. One report indicated six small satellites were on board.
iSpace became the first nominally private Chinese company to launch satellites into orbit in July 2019. The failed Feb. 1 flight was the company’s second launch attempt.
The four-stage, solid-fuel Hyperbola-1 rocket is 24 meter (78.7 foot) tall with a diameter of 1.4 meters (4.6 feet). It can launch a 300 kg (661.4 lb) payload into a 500 km (310.7 mile) high sun synchronous orbit.
SYDNEY, Australia (UNSW Sydney PR) — UNSW Sydney has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Japanese lunar exploration company ispace, to jointly pursue research and development in space resources and infrastructure.
The MoU will enable UNSW and ispace to work together on areas of common interest, including technology development and space missions. UNSW students and staff could also participate in exchange programs.
WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA has selected four companies to collect space resources and transfer ownership to the agency: Lunar Outpost of Golden, Colorado; Masten Space Systems of Mojave, California; ispace Europe of Luxembourg; and ispace Japan of Tokyo. Overall, the new NASA contracts with these companies totals $25,001.
Galactic Energy, which became the second private Chinese launch provider to orbit a satellite on Saturday, has announced that it completed a Series A financing round of 200 million yuan ($30.25 million) in September.
In a press release, Galactic Energy said the funding will be used to manufacture and perform upgrades on the solid-fuel Ceres-1 small-satellite booster that flew last week. The funding will also allow the company to continue research and development on its larger liquid-fuel Pallas-1 (Zhishen-1) booster.
DENVER (ispace PR) – Today, ispace, inc. (ispace) announced that it has selected Colorado as the location for its newest office. The company will open its new U.S.-based workplace in the Denver metropolitan area.
In making the decision, ispace worked with SelectUSA, a program in the U.S. Department of Commerce that provides assistance to foreign companies expanding into the U.S. market. After thorough consideration among a competitive list of locations around the United States, ispace selected Colorado as its place of operation, primarily due to the access to talent in the state, especially as the company plans to swiftly proceed with staffing a full engineering team, along with other positions.
Chinese microsat launch provider Galactic Energy conducted the maiden flight of its new Ceres-1 booster on Saturday, placing the Tianqi-11 satellite into orbit for the Apocalypse Internet of Things (IoT) constellation.
Video Caption: 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.
Cumulative total investment reaches approximately $125 million USD
TOKYO, August 20, 2020 (ispace PR) – Today, ispace, inc. (ispace), along with IF SPV 1st Investment Partnership (managed by Incubate Fund) as the lead investor, Space Frontier Fund (managed by Sparks Innovation for Future, Inc.), Takasago Thermal Engineering Co., Ltd., and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd., announced that ispace raised approximately $28 million (USD)  from the four organizations for its Series B investment round.
This brings ispace’s cumulative total investment to approximately $125 million (USD) , including its Series An investment of approximately $95 million (USD), as well as its seed investment.
TOKYO (ispace PR) — Today, lunar services company, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.