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Lunar exploration start up, ispace, postpones launch of lunar module for one year

  • August 5, 2020
  • , NIKKEI Business Daily , p. 16
  • JMH Translation

ispace (Minato Ward, Tokyo), a venture developing a lunar lander, announced that it will postpone the launch of the lander currently under development for one year until 2022. This is because the startup found a fault with a component of the lander that could impact lunar exploration. The lander must be completely redesigned. The company will start full-scale assembly of the parts of the lander in 2021 and launch it on the U.S. Space X’s “Falcon 9” in 2022.

 

ispace will complete the design of the electronic components and the propulsion system by September, when it will be reviewed by external experts. The venture plans to design and operate a ground control room within the year.

 

The width of lander with its legs extended at the time landing is about 2.6 m. Its height is about 2.3 m and its weighs about 340 kg.

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