Initiate: HAKUTO-R

As long there are new and unknown possibilities,
As long as our vision excites the world round,
And as long as curiosity triumphs over fear,
This is what propels us forward.
Now, with a diverse team of experts, united by one vision,
With our lunar lander and rovers advancing,
And a rocket to the Moon,
We initiate HAKUTO-R to accomplish a historic private lunar mission. With determination, perseverance, and undeterred focus,
We embark on this unprecedented challenge.
This is where it all begins.

What is HAKUTO-R?

HAKUTO-R is the Program Name for ispace's first two lunar exploration missions. Mission 1 will entail an orbit around the Moon, while Mission 2 will perform a soft lunar landing and deployment of rovers to collect data from the lunar surface.

ispace has contracted with SpaceX to carry its Lunar Lander (Moon landing spacecraft) and Lunar Rovers (Moon surface exploration robots) for the HAKUTO-R Program as secondary payloads on it's Falcon-9 rocket. The launches for the first and second missions for HAKUTO-R will occur in mid-2020 and mid-2021, respectively.

The Story of HAKUTO-R

"HAKUTO" means "white rabbit" in Japanese. In legendary folklore in Japan, it is said that a white rabbit lives on the Moon. This was the inspiration for the name HAKUTO, one of the 5 finalists in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition—a race for the first private lunar exploration mission.

Managed by ispace, and supported by sponsors, a passionate crew of volunteers, a large fan club in Japan, HAKUTO competed in the race for the greater part of the past decade. In 2015, the team achieved a $500,000 milestone prize, and in 2017, it completed and delivered a flight-ready rover to its launch location. However, since ispace relied on a partner for the lander and launch, which were not fulfilled, and as no other contestants were capable of completing the mission, the competition ended in March 2018 without a winner. As a result, Team HAKUTO officially closed.

Now, six months later, ispace has brought back the "HAKUTO" name as the Program Name for its first two lunar missions. Thus, the "R" stands for "Reboot" in the spirit of reenergizing our motivation and drive toward our goal. As an evolution of the HAKUTO logo, the HAKUTO-R logo combines the concepts of a lunar orbit and the Moon's surface, which together forms the design of a white rabbit similar in shape to an "H" for HAKUTO.
What we put into "HAKUTO-R"

HAKUTO-R Program Missions

Mission 1Moon Orbit
The first mission 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.
Mission 2Moon Landing
The second mission will put our lander on the Moon, deploying rovers on the lunar surface. Similar to the first mission, this mission also serves as a test mission to send lunar surface data back to Earth. However, in this mission, we will transport customer payloads to the Moon.
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