The moon is about to get some new visitors.
Landing craft developed by Tokyo-based ispace Rover of the United Arab Emirates They are now almost ready for their journey to Earth’s nearest neighbors.
Japan’s Hakuto-R lander and Rashid 1 of the United Arab Emirates are scheduled to launch between November 9 and November 15 from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 missile, according to a report by UAE state-linked media the National (Opens in a new tab).
Lunar schedule: Human exploration of the moon
The spacecraft collectively will take a low-energy route to the moon Rather than getting close, according to ispace, which means the landing will take about five months after launch, in March 2023.
The landing will target Lacus Somniorum, or “Lake of Dreams,” a mid-latitude basaltic plain.
Rashid 1 was developed by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Center in Dubai. Weighing in at 22 pounds (10 kilograms), it will be the smallest rover to land on the Moon and is expected to operate on the surface for one lunar day.
The solar-powered four-wheeled, 21 by 21 inch (53 by 53 cm) rover carries a pair of high-resolution cameras, a thermal imager, a microscopic imager, and an instrument to examine the electrically charged environment on the lunar surface. Surface appearance.
Emirates that already He has an orbiter around MarsIt does not have its own lunar landing capabilities and has contracted with the Japanese private company ispace to take on this role.
“This is a historic mission,” Jambi Nozaki, ispace’s director and chief financial officer, told Space.com. “There aren’t many privately funded companies doing this kind of job. So I think it’s really important to prove that such a private company can do that.”
“This is a proof of concept for the mission. First of all, in terms of technology. But we also want to prove that we are providing a service,” Nozaki said.
The probe is currently undergoing final testing in Germany before being shipped to the United States for launch.
The Hakuto-R lander will be flying on the first ispace mission and will seek to demonstrate capabilities as well. It will perform lunar transmission or lunar data acquisition services for three Canadian companies. Other payloads include the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) small two-wheeled rover.
The company is also working on Mission 2, scheduled for launch in 2024, and Mission 3 of 2025, which will use a second generation lander probe.
However, Hakuto-R may not be Japan’s first lunar lander. NASA agency Artemis 1 Among its ten payloads, the mission carries a small JAXA aircraft probe It weighs about 30 pounds (14 kg) which will attempt to land on the moon. NASA is hoping to launch an uncrewed Artemis 1 test flight as soon as next week, although this schedule assumes team members have been able to fix a troublesome leak of liquid hydrogen fuel on the mission’s Space Launch System rocket.
The United Arab Emirates and China also recently announced a file partnership To place the Rashid 2 lander on the lunar surface as part of the Chang’e 7 Antarctic lander mission, currently scheduled for 2026.
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