SpaceX will deliver to the moon a few Japanese units in 2020 and 2021 respectively
The company SpaceX has a contract with a Japanese startup ispace to carry out two missions to deliver several spacecrafts to the moon within HAKUTO-R program. The launch is scheduled for 2020 and 2021 years and will be carried out with the use of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle. During the first (in 2020) to our natural satellite SpaceX will deliver an orbital spacecraft. In the second (2021) - lander with Lunokhod.
ispace Company is one of the finalists of the Google Lunar XPrize competition with the main prize of $ 30 million. Rovers are a modified version of the rover HAKUTO, which the company introduced in the framework of this competition. The lander and orbiter - a completely new development of the Japanese startup.
Recall that the purpose of the competition Google Lunar XPrize was to develop and send to the moon spacecraft, capable of overcoming the 500 meters on the Earth's surface of the satellite and send photos and video satellite with higher resolution.
In January 2018 the organizers announced that none of the participating teams will not have time to undertake a mission to the end of end of the competition, and he left without a winner. Despite the early end of the competition, the finalists, some have continued to develop their projects and announced that they will continue preparations for the launch of their vehicles to the moon, with the support of third-party investors. The most ispace managed to collect a two-run 95 million dollars. In addition ispace going to the moon, an Israeli company SpaceIL, who also signed a contract with SpaceX to launch its lunar lander in December this year. Another former member of the X Prize, the company Astrobotic plans in mid-2020 to send the lander Peregrine using rocket "Atlas 5" of United Launch Alliance.
The orbiter mission HAKUTO-R company ispace, which will deliver to the Moon in 2020
"We share the views of the company SpaceX on the issue of human life in space and, therefore, pleased that they have joined us in this first step of our journey," - he said in a press release ispace its CEO Takeshi Hakamada.
In addition to the missions planned for 2020 and 2021 years ispace prepares seven missions in 2022, during which it will create a transport platform to move between the Earth and the Moon and explore the reserves of water in the polar regions of the Moon, but ispace has yet to reveal details of these missions.
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