Other than the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, both Japanese and the rest of the world can look forward to some more extragalactic activity. The Tokyo-based private lunar exploration company, ispace, announced today that it will be developing a lunar lander scheduled to make a soft landing on the moon by the end of 2020.
One can say Japan is trying to join the league of “Moon Landers” including the U.S, China, and the former Soviet Union. ispace will become the first Japanese entity to land on the moon, developing into a major international competitor for space exploration.
The 2m tall and 1.3m wide lander is specially designed to carry out exploration on the moon for resources such as water and will be capable of carrying a payload of up to 30kgs.
ispace has succeeded in raising 90.2 million USD which will go towards developing the lunar lander as well as conducting two lunar missions by the end of 2020.
Its long-term goal aim is to obtain contracts from space exploration agencies its American big brother and veteran NASA for explorations on the moon and transportation of materials to the moon.
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