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Company Name:
ispace, inc.

Founded in:
September 2010


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Tokyo Headquarters
Iikurakatamachi Annex Bldg. 6F
3-1-6 Azabudai, Minato-ku
Tokyo, Japan 106-0041

NASA Ames Research Park Office
NASA Ames Research Park Building 19, #1068
Mountain View, CA 94035

Europe Office
Paul Wurth InCub
5 Rue de l'Industrie
1811, Luxembourg


Founded in September 2010 by Takeshi Hakamada, ispace is a private lunar exploration company focused on developing micro-robotic systems to locate, characterize, extract, produce and deliver resources from the lunar surface to customers on the Moon and in cislunar space.

Our vision is to create a sustainable ecosystem in outer space and extend humans presence throughout the solar system.

Since the company’s inception, ispace has grown steadily, starting from a small office space to a global company with over 20 employees in total, with offices in Tokyo, NASA Ames Research Center in California and Luxembourg.

Expand our planet, Expand our Future.

*Please note that all letters of the company name are in small caps. (Not: Ispace, iSpace, i space, i-space etc.)


About team hakuto

ispace currently operates Team HAKUTO, Japan's sole entry team for the $30million Google Lunar XPRIZE. In 2015, the team was awarded the Mobility Milestone Prize. In early 2017, HAKUTO was selected as one of the 5 finalists to proceed to the final stage of the Google Lunar XPRIZE.

On December 20, 2016, HAKUTO signed a rideshare partnership with its Indian competitor, TeamIndus. The launch is scheduled on December 28, 2017 aboard Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket.




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Takeshi Hakamada, an entrepreneur in the new space industry, is founder and CEO of ispace. inc. ispace is developing space robotics that will create and support daily existence in space by mapping valuable resources in space. He is also leading a Japanese team, HAKUTO, competing for Google Lunar XPRIZE, a robotic lunar surface mission traveling across the surface of the Moon while sending back to Earth specified images and other data. In January 2015, Hakuto won the Milestone Prize. He earned M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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.


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.


in the Press

"Resources extracted from the moon could be used as fuel, allowing space missions to cut launch costs" 
- Eleanor Warnock, Wall Street Journal

"(ispace) is harnessing micro-robotics and miniaturization to build a sustainable infrastructure that will allow transportation to as well as mobility and mining on the moon."
- Saadia M. Pekkanen, Forbes

"This project aims to bring an innovative mass spectrometer developed by LIST to the surface of the Moon to explore elemental compositions of the lunar ice and regolith."
- by Staff Writers, Luxemburger Wort.



September 25, 2017
The Hague Space Resources Governance Working Group Circulates a Draft of an International Framework on Space Resource Activities
English Release | Japanese Release

May 31, 2017
Lunar Exploration Company ispace and Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings Sign Mid-Term Strategic Media Partnership
English Release | Japanese Release

March 02, 2017
Lunar Exploration Company ispace and Luxembourg Government Sign MoU to Co-operate Within the Initiative
English Release | Japanese Release

December 16, 2016
Private Lunar Exploration Company ispace Collaborates With JAXA on Lunar Resource Development Initiative
English Release | Japanese Release

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
English Release | Japanese Release

March 2, 2016
ispace to Collaborate With JAXA Space Exploration Innovation Hub and Tohoku University to Research and Develop "Insect-like robots" For Rough Terrain Locomotion
Japanese Release

March 2, 2016
ispace Begins Collaborative Reseach and Development for Autonomous Space Swarm Robots for Future Space Resource Exploration
Japanese Release