The first commercial spacecraft of Japan and the Emirates to the moon

The first commercial spacecraft of Japan and the Emirates to the moon


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The first commercial spacecraft to the moon was launched in the US state of Florida. The spacecraft consists of a lander from Japan with an unmanned rover from the United Arab Emirates inside. The group was scheduled to launch at 8:38 a.m. on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from a base in Florida.

The launch was originally scheduled for November 30, but a problem with the rocket necessitated the postponement.

The mission, called Hakuto-R, was created by the Japanese company ispace, which eventually wants to extract raw materials and water on the moon. This is necessary to create a manned base on the moon. With the Hakuto-R lunar lander, the company wants to test its design and technology.

The spacecraft is taking a major detour and will take months to reach the Moon. Landing will be as early as March.

This is what it all looked like:

Launching a commercial spacecraft to the Moon

Hakuto-R offers tools from various organizations. The main cargo is a 10-kilogram vehicle named Rashid, which was developed by a space center in the Emirates. Rashid has to take pictures of the landing site and check the electrical charges on the lunar surface. Another instrument is a small satellite from NASA, the Lunar Flashlight, which searches for ice in craters near the moon’s south pole.

  • outer space

    Hakuto-R impression on the moon
  • Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre

    Impression of the Rashid probe on the lunar surface

Next spring, two more commercial vehicles will go to the Moon, Nova-C and Peregrine. Both are developed by American companies. It is not yet clear which of the three will arrive first.

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