The mission of the Hakuto-R lander (Japan) is to land and perform a series of scientific tests on the surface of the Moon.
If successful, Hakuto-R will become the first lander from a private company capable of landing on the moon.
Tokyo-based space startup ispace announced on February 27 that the Hakuto-R lunar lander was preparing to attempt to land on the Moon in late April, with the planned landing site being Atlas Crater in the northeastern part of the Moon. close Mare Frigoris is also known as the Cold Sea.
Design of the Hakuto-R lunar lander by the ispace company.
Design of the Hakuto-R lunar lander by the ispace company. (Photo: Space)
Hakuto-R was launched into space from Florida, United States, last December. The vehicle encountered several problems during its flight to the Moon, but many problems were able to be repaired in flight and will not prevent the landing on schedule, according to Takeshi Hakamada, CEO of ispace.
If successful, Hakuto-R will score The first time a private company landed a vehicle on the Moon. Previously, only national agencies of the United States, Russia and China could do this. Moon landing attempts by India and a private Israeli company in recent years have all failed.
Hakuto-R carries a two-wheeled, baseball-sized robot from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Rashid, a four-wheeled autonomous robot made by the United Arab Emirates. Rashid plans to study the Moon for 14 days (based on the length of Earth’s day) using a high-resolution camera, a thermal camera, an imaging microscope and a detector designed to examine electrical charges on the surface of the Moon.
ispace reached a major milestone in its mission in January when Hakuto-R completed a month of stable operations in deep space. On January 20, this vehicle reached the farthest point from Earth on its journey, approximately 1.375 million km.
During the flight, Hakuto-R encountered unexpected problems with sensors in the control, navigation and navigation systems. ispace said the mission team adjusted settings to repair this system. The system will help position the lander for landing on the Moon’s surface.
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The mission of the Hakuto-R lander (Japan) is to land and perform a number of scientific tests on the surface of the Moon.