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Hakuto-R M1

NSSDCA ID: HAKUTO-R1

Description

Hakuto-R Mission1 (Hakuto-R M1, or space mission 1) is a Japanese lunar landing mission. It is primarily a technology demonstration lander. It is built by ispace, inc., and will carry commercial and government payloads, including two lunar rovers (Rashid and the Japanese Lunar Excursion Vehicle). The mission is currently planned to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at a time to be determined along with the Lunar Flashlight mission. Landing is scheduled for some four months later in Atlas crater in the Mare Frigoris region on the Moon's near side in the far north.

The lander stands about 2.3 meters tall. Rashid is a United Arab Emirates (UAE) lunar rover. It has a mass of approximately 10 kg. It is planned to operate for one lunar day (14 Earth days) and will be used to study properties of lunar soil, the geology of the Moon, dust movement, and the surface plasma environment. The Japanese Lunar Excursion Vehicle, or Transformable Lunar Robot, is a small 8 cm diameter sphere with a mass of about 0.25 kg that will open into a cylindrical shape, basically an axle with two hemispherical wheels, and carry cameras for surface observations.

Alternate Names

  • Hakuto-R Mission1
  • HakutoRM1

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2022-12-31
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 Full Thrust
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

Discipline

  • Planetary Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Dr. David R. Williams

 

Personnel

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