MBRSC Teams Up with Japan’s ispace on Emirates Lunar Mission

HAKUTO-R lander on the moon. (Credit: ispace)
  • 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.

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iSpace Says Errant Piece of Foam Caused Hyperbola-1 Launch Failure

Planned booster families (Credit: i-space)

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.

UNSW Partners with ispace to Accelerate a Lunar Economy

HAKUTO-R lander. (Credit: ispace)

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.

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Galactic Energy Raises $30 Million, Moves Forward on Pallas-1 Booster

Ceres-1 booster (Credit: Galactic Energy)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

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.

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Japanese Lunar Exploration Company ispace Opens Office in Colorado

Kursten O’Neill, U.S. lander program director, and ispace technologies U.S. CEO Kyle Acierno. (Credit: ispace technologies)

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.

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Blueprint Moon Video: ispace’s Lunar Data Business

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.

ispace Raises $28 Million in Series B Funding, Announces Lunar Data Business

HAKUTO-R lander. (Credit: ispace)

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) [1] from the four organizations for its Series B investment round.

This brings ispace’s cumulative total investment to approximately $125 million (USD) [2], including its Series An investment of approximately $95 million (USD), as well as its seed investment.

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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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