ISPACE - EXPAND OUR PLANET. EXPAND OUR FUTURE . TEAM HAKUTO
The company has managed team HAKUTO, the only one Japanese team that has ever participated at the Google Lunar XPRIZE.
ISPACE 2040 VISION
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.
Credit: ispace / Published on Dec 12, 2017
Japan's Lunar Lander and Rover
On-board the Lander-A fixed payload that does not require movement, such as cameras, communications devices, cell cultivation devices.
On-board the Rover - Payloads that require movement on the moon, such as videos and driving data acquisition as well as resource harvest in systems.
Environmental Information Acquisition
The goal is acquiring information about the lunar surface environment for future manned missions and the development of a lunar base. To do so, it will use Mass Spectrometers, Radiation Dosimeters, Thermometers and Excavation Drills.
The goal is to demonstrate that, the robotic construction can advance unmanned lunar exploration and develop communications, resources, and transport technology. To do so, it will use Batteries, Material verification, 3D Printers and Actuators.
Pharmaceutical / Life Sciences
The use of the moon’s microgravity environment for the research and development of life sciences including cell cultivation. That means, using Cell culture devices, Telescopes, Electrolysis devices and, Crystallization devices.
Entertainment / Educational
The goal here is acquiring images of the lunar surface for educational content or entertainment programming, industry PR activities, as well as art projects. ISPACEwill uses Cameras, Images and videos, Art pieces and, Commercial products.
HAKUTO-R: The World's First Commercial Lunar Exploration Program
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ispace is almost ready for launch!
Japan-based lunar exploration company ispace, inc. raises $90.2 million to be used for development of lunar lander and two lunar missions by 2020
TOKYO – December 13th, 2017 — ispace, a Japan-based private lunar exploration company, announced today that it has raised $90.2 million* in Series A funding—not only the largest-ever Series A raised in Japan, but also the largest to date in the global commercial space sector.
* The funding was joined by Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, Development Bank of Japan, Tokyo Broadcasting System, Konica Minolta, Shimizu, Suzuki Motor, SPARX, Dentsu, Real Tech Fund, KDDI, Japan Airlin-.2s, and Toppan Printing.
ISPACE - Expand our planet. Expand our future.
Actually, ispace prepare two missions: one to orbit the Moon and, the other, to land on it. These missions will be the first privately-led projects of their kind. In the same time, the company has operated team HAKUTO, the only member from Japan to participate in the Google Lunar XPRIZE.
The first mission, 2019-2020, will be the first privately-led Japanese test mission to inject the lander into a lunar orbit and relay lunar data to the Earth. It’s a critical mission to test data-gathering technology and Earth–Moon transport service technology.
The next seven missions, 2021, will involve constructing the Earth-Moon transportation platform, centering on polar water exploration. From this point, we will increase the frequency of lunar landings and rover expeditions to transport customer payloads and send back data upon request.
Mission 10 and beyond, 2022+, will focus on building an industrial platform for steady lunar development. With our highly specialized landers and rovers, we can pioneer the discovery and development of lunar resources.
Team HAKUTO - FINALIST
The Team included members of ispace, Tohoku University, and Pro-Bono experts from various fields.
During milestones tests, HAKUTO was awarded by a Mobility Milestone Prize from theGoogle Lunar XPRIZE in January 2015.
The SORATO rover of HAKUTO is covered by a Silver-coated Teflon, which keep stable the temperature inside and provide the necessary resistance to operate at -150º and +100º C on the moon. Except this cover, the body is made in Carbon-fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP), that give its strength and lightweight. Also, in miniaturizing technology, then the design, commercial parts keep costs down as well contribute smoother development process.
Located on either side of the rover, lightweight solar panels offer more exposure to sunlight. That will give more autonomy for surface's operations. To move with efficiency on the powder-like sand, HAKUTO has developed a 3D printed wheels, made by ULTEM RESIN, with grouser tracks.
ULTEM RESINS are used in medical and chemical instrumentation due to their heat resistance, solvent resistance and flame resistance. It is an amorphous, transparent polyetherimide (PEI) plastic offering a glass transition temperature (Tg) of 217°C.
Highly sophisticated, miniaturized, lightweight, strong, the SORATO rover need only one more thing: a good communication and visual systems.
HAKUTO's Team has provided SORATO with a camera system using four cameras that capture images at 360º for research and maneuvers.
To communicate, the rover use a hybrid communication architecture, which combines the 900 MHz and 2.4 GHz frequencies.