2 Nov, 2022
Event Runs from November 3 to 6, 2022
TOKYO—November 2, 2022 —Today, ispace, inc. (ispace) Founder and CEO Takeshi Hakamada announced that ispace will display a full-scale model of its lunar lander, part of the HAKUTO-R lunar exploration program, at the akasaka Sacas Plaza, in front of the TBS television studios. The event, which is free of charge and open to all, will run from November 3 to 6, 2022.
In addition to the lander display, tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis for the opportunity to pilot ispace’s lunar rover and experience what it would be like to serve as a mission operations specialist operating a spacecraft on the Moon.
Earlier this week, ispace announced that its lunar lander, which will travel to the lunar surface, arrived in Cape Canaveral Fla., and will launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket no earlier than November 22, 2022.
In an effort to ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity to experience ispace’s upcoming mission, the model of the Series 1 lunar lander, standing at 2.3 m tall and 2.6 m wide, and a model rover will be open for public viewing. The exhibition has been planned in order to make the general public aware of the development of the Moon and provide them with a connection to ispace’s first mission.
● The Event Outline
Location: akasaka Sacas Plaza (5-3-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo) and surrounding area
Date: November 3 – November 6, 2022
Opening hours: 11:00 – 16:30
Special website: https://www.tbs.co.jp/SDGs_portal/sekai_egao_hiroba/
HAKUTO-R exhibition location: akasaka Sacas Plaza and akasaka Biz Tower 2nd floor
Contents of HAKUTO-R Exhibit:
● Full-scale model of the lander used in Mission 1 (on display on the 2nd floor of akasaka Biz Tower)
● Info panels on the HAKUTO-R mission
● Mockup of the rover
● Rover piloting experience
● For the rover piloting experience, numbered tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
About ispace, inc. (https://ispace-inc.com/)
ispace, a global lunar resource development company with the vision, “Expand our Planet. Expand our Future.”, specializes in designing and building lunar landers and rovers. ispace aims to extend the sphere of human life into space and create a sustainable world by providing high-frequency, low-cost transportation services to the Moon. The company has offices in Japan, Luxembourg, and the United States with more than 200 employees worldwide. ispace technologies U.S., inc. is part of a team led by Draper, which was awarded a NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) Program contract to land on the far side of the Moon by 2025 (as of November 2022). Both ispace, and ispace EUROPE S.A. (ispace EU) were awarded contracts to collect and transfer ownership of lunar regolith to NASA, and ispace EU was selected by ESA to be part of the Science Team for PROSPECT, a program which seeks to extract water on the Moon.
Established in 2010, ispace operated “HAKUTO” which was one of five finalist teams in the Google Lunar XPRIZE race. The company’s first mission as part of its HAKUTO-R lunar exploration program is currently planned for as early as November 2022 and is expected to launch from the United States on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. ispace has also launched a lunar data business concept to support new customers as a gateway to conduct business on the Moon.
# # #