SpaceX launches Japanese ispace lunar lander first mission.
Japanese lunar exploration company ispace began its long-anticipated first mission on Sunday, with a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching the venture’s lunar lander from Florida.
“This is the very, very beginning of a new era,” ispace founder and CEO Takeshi Hakamada told CNBC.
The Tokyo-based company’s Mission 1 is currently on its way to the moon, with a landing expected near the end of April.
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Founded more than a decade ago, ispace originated as a team competing for the Google Lunar Xprize under the name Hakuto – after a mythological Japanese white rabbit.
After the Xprize competition was canceled, ispace pivoted and expanded its goals, with Hakamada aiming to create “an economically viable ecosystem” around the moon, he said in a recent interview.
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Foreign [Music] SpaceX launches Japanese ispis lunar Lander first mission Japanese lunar Exploration company ispis began its long Anticipated first mission on Sunday with A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching the Venture's lunar lander from Florida this Is the very very beginning of a new era Ispis founder and CEO Takeshi hakamana Told CNBC the tokyo-based company's Mission 1 is currently on its way to the Moon with a landing expected near the End of April to stay up to date with Latest top stories make sure to Subscribe to this YouTube channel by Clicking the button above this video Founded more than a decade ago ispis Originated as a team competing for the Google lunar's prize under the name Hakudo after a mythological Japanese White Rabbit after this prize Competition was canceled ispus pivoted And expanded its goals with hakamada Aiming to create an economically viable Ecosystem around the Moon he said in a Recent interview sign up here to receive Weekly editions of cnbc's investing in Space newsletter the company has grown Status as it worked toward this first Mission with over 200 employees around The world including about 50 at its U.S Subsidiary in Denver additionally ispis Has steadily raised funds from a wide
Variety of investors bringing in 237 Million dollars to date through a Mixture of equity and debt the investors Of ESPYs include the Development Bank of Japan Suzuki motor Japan Airlines and Airbus Ventures the ESPYs mission one Lander carries small Rovers and payloads For a number of government agencies and Companies including from the U.S Canada Japan and the United Arab Emirates Before the launch ESPYs outlined 10 Milestones for the mission with the Company having completed the first three So far preparation for launch deployment After launch and then establishing a Communication link next up is to Maneuver in orbit and then a one-month Period flying through space before Entering the moon's orbit the Milestones Demonstrate the complexity and Difficulty of ESPYs Mission with Hakamata emphasizing both his confidence In the mission as well as noting that Each Milestone represents another step Forward for the company's goals I have 100 trust in our engineering team they Have been doing the right things to Accomplish our successful landing on the Lunar surface hakamata said if Successful ispis would be the first Private company to land on the moon a Feat previously accomplished by global Superpowers [Music]