ispace is a private lunar exploration company with a vision to extend human presence into outer space. In order for mankind to live in space, we would need a sustainable ecosystem. The first step is to utilize space resources and establish an economy in space — starting from the Moon.
According to recent studies, the Moon houses an abundance of precious minerals on its surface, and an estimated 6 billion tons of water ice at its poles. In particular, water can be broken down into oxygen and hydrogen to produce efficient rocket fuel. With a fuel station established in space, the world will witness a revolution in the space transportation system.
To achieve this, ispace is developing micro-robotic technology to provide a low-cost and frequent transportation service to and on the Moon, conduct lunar surface exploration to map, process and deliver resources to our customers in cislunar space.
Adapting to extreme environement
ispace is designing robots that are geared to hyper-specific lunar environments such as the depths of icy craters and inside lunar caves, to allow our rovers maximum mobility in prospecting.
RESOURCE PROSPECTING ROBOTS
Innovative micro-robotics concepts are revolutionizing space technology. ispace is leading the way in developing the next generation of rovers to explore the Moon.
UNIQUE AND INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES
With a combination of micro-robotics, adoption of COTS and an agile development scheme, ispace is not only minimizing the development cost and time, but also constantly increasing its product quality.
Roadmap to the Moon
Google LUNAR XPRIZE
As one of the teams in the running for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, we intend to demonstrate the robust, innovative technologies that we have developed, and that we believe will change the nature of near term space exploration.
PROSPECTING on the Moon
to scout and explore craterS
2018 - 2023
Mapping valuable resources on the moon is a critical phase to determine economic value of resources. Our rover swarms are deployed on the Moon to scout crater and cave locations on the lunar poles that have a high probability of resource discovery.
PRODUCTION & DELIVERY
2024 - 2030
As we move into the next decade, ispace will work with our strategic partners to collect, store, and deliver these valuable resources to our government, institutional, scientific, and private space customers.
ispace is proud to manage the technological and business development operations of Team HAKUTO, a Google Lunar XPRIZE Competition participant. Team Hakuto is comprised of ispace, Tohoku University researchers and students, as well as pro bono members. The HAKUTO misison, named “au×HAKUTO MOON CHALLENGE”, is supported by Japanese corporations KDDI, IHI, Zoff, Japan Airlines, Recruit Technologies and Cemedine. The mission aims to demonstrate the incredible potential of micro-robot technology in lunar exploration by landing on the Moon’s surface and being the first to place a robot on the Moon’s surface, travel at least 500 meters, and transmit high definition video and images back to Earth. In early 2015 we won the $500,000 Milestone Prize in mobility, which was awarded to only three teams. We are one of the sixteen teams remaining in the running for a $20 million prize... In 2017, keep your eyes to the sky!
Press Releases / Newsletters
December 16, 2016
Private Lunar Exploration Company ispace Collaborates With JAXA on Lunar Resource Development Initiative
November 9, 2016
Lunar Exploration Company ispace Gains Powerful Support as The National Diet of Japan Adopts Resolution Encouraging the Creation of the Space Resource Industry
ispace in Media
We are excited to have been profiled in both domestic Japanese media and international media.
If you are interested in learning more about ispace, and the private space revolution currently underway, please contact us.
Founder & CEO
Takeshi studied Aerospace Engineering and received his M.S. degree at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Enchanted by Star Wars movies at a young age, the dawn of the new commercial space industry and the success of non-governmental entities like the Ansari XPRIZE drew his attention and curiosity. Takeshi chose to enter the consulting industry after graduation, where he developed team management skills and led multiple successful cost reduction projects. Since 2010, he has led Team HAKUTO, competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. In 2014, he contributed to meetings initiated by the Minister of State of Japan to discuss the new space industry.
DR. Kazuya Yoshida
Director & CTO • Professor, Tohoku University
Professor Kazuya Yoshida received Dr. Eng, in Mechanical Engineering Science from Tokyo Institute of Technology. He now works for Tohoku University as a professor, and serves as Director of the Center of Robotics for Extreme and Uncertain Environments. His research activities cover dynamics and control of space robotic systems ranging from orbital free-flying robots to planetary exploration rovers. His role in ispace is to transfer his expertise, knowledge and know-how earned during his academic research to ispace, which he believes will contribute to the advancement of human beings.
DIRECTOR & COO
After receiving his M.S. in Planetary Science from both Kyushu University and then via the University of Tokyo on a full scholarship, Takahiro joined Accenture, where he spent 5 years as a management consultant, specializing in both the retail and high-tech industry. Joining Recruit next (Japan's largest information company) Takahiro launched 4 businesses - leading two of them - including SUMO, a moving service, and a business for elderly people. Takahiro joined ispace in 2011 after an initial volunteer role, and is now the acting COO.
DR. JOHN WALKER
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