A Japanese company called ispace will be in charge of deploy some of NASA’s key components to the moon for your future missions. Thanks to its new lander Lunar HAKUTO-R will send all kinds of rovers, scientific instruments and other types of loads. So far they have shown how the lander and they estimate the dates to complete the first mission.
ispace itself probably doesn’t sound familiar to you, but it’s one of the NASA-funded companies to build vehicles to reach the moon In the coming years. Thanks to this funding, they soon made their idea of a ship to land on the moon a reality. HAKUTO-R plans to make its first trip to the satellite for 2022 launched from Earth with a SpaceX Falcon 9 and carrying a team of scientific instruments.
HAKUTO-R is around two meters tall and inside it contains a set of propulsion systems that allow it to land without crashing into the lunar surface (or at least what is expected). Inside it also contains space to store and unfold rovers, cameras and other instruments you want to transport. In total you can carry a payload of 30 kilograms.
As curiosity, HAKUTO-R is designed to reach the Moon on a three-month journey, although it can be reached in less than three days. It does this by following a special orbit that allows it to save energy. It also makes the most of energy by being equipped with different solar panels on its outer walls to capture the sun’s rays.
HAKUTO-R and its internal components. Via ispace.
The Antechamber of Artemis 2024
Ispace’s HAKUTO-R is part of a larger NASA plan, the Artemis 2024 mission. It is the ambitious mission of places a woman on the moon’s surface for the first time in 2024. But of course, it’s not just about sending a ship with astronauts to the moon, you have to “prepare the ground” for it.
Missions like HAKUTO-R will be used to Carry various instruments and payloads that will be needed in Mission 2024. This is why NASA is funding ispace and other companies to develop their own landers with whom to help in the mission. As for the main lander to transport SpaceX astronauts, Blue Origin and Dynetics are the chosen ones.
If the HAKUTO-R mission in 2022 went well, will become the first Japanese trade mission to do so. By 2023, they already have another mission planned to deploy a rover to explore the lunar surface and collect samples.
Source : Engadget