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    TECHNOLOGY

    Our small, robotic lunar landers and lunar rovers are designed to provide low-cost, high-frequency transportation of customer payloads to the Moon. By leveraging Japanese manufacturing expertise in the miniaturization of high-tech goods, we are able to dramatically reduce weight and scale. And by challenging conventional processes and adopting agile development methods, we can speed up development and reduce costs, while maintaining quality. All of this effort minimizes the clients' burden and provides more flexible transport services.
    Lunar Rover

    The smallest and lightest planetary rover in the world.

    Based on the original infrastructure of SORATO—the tested- and flight-ready rover designed by Team HAKUTO over the greater part of a decade out of by Tohoku University’s Space Robotics Lab, developed to compete in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition—ispace’s small and lightweight rover is equipped with four wheels, mobility to traverse difficult terrain, 360° high-definition video and photo capabilities, the ability to conduct detailed terrain mapping, and capacity to carry customer payloads to the lunar surface. The rover will continuously undergo advancements in artificial intelligence and swarm robotic functions in order to communicate with other rovers and map and collect data about lunar resources. Eventually, the rovers will be instrumental in extracting lunar resources.

    -2023
    Working on the foundation of SORATO, the flight-ready rover developed for the Google Lunar XPRIZE Competition, ispace will enhance the rover’s capabilities to carry customer payloads, travel and communicate at further distances from the lander, and increase its power and surface exploration capabilities.
    2023
    In 2023, ispace will deploy its first rover for lunar surface exploration carrying customer payloads. It will be equipped with high-definition, color photo and video, and terrain mapping capabilities, among other data acquisition technologies.
    2023-
    From this point forward, the rover technology will undergo advancements in autonomy and machine learning to enable swarm-robotic capabilities, the ability to withstand extreme temperatures in the lunar polar regions and the standardization of its payload interface. Rovers will not simply be mobile, but they will also be equipped with tools, such as drills and manipulators, to meet the various needs of surface exploration and to scout potential candidates for a future manned moon base.
    Lunar Lander

    A small commercial lunar lander used for delivering customer payloads to the Moon.

    The lunar lander is a spacecraft designed to land on the Moon. With the capacity to carry instruments and other supplies, it acts as a transportation system to the Moon. ispace is designing a small, unmanned lander for low-cost, high-frequency transportation to the Moon. By reducing the mass of the lander, ispace is able to ride as a secondary payload on a rocket, dramatically decreasing launch costs.

    -2023
    ispace’s first mission will perform a soft landing on the Moon. This will be the first privately-led Japanese mission to land on the lunar surface.
    2023
    ispace’s second mission will perform a soft landing and deploy a rover for surface exploration and data collection on the Moon.
    2023-
    To meet the needs of a variety of missions, advancements will be made in precision landing, communication speed, increased payload capacity, and the ability to withstand temperatures in the polar regions. Regular lunar landings will lead to more scheduled transportation services.