ispace is a lunar exploration company with a vision to extend human presence to outer space.
ispace is developing a small commercial lunar lander and miniature lunar rovers to delivery customer payloads to the Moon and explore the lunar surface.
ispace was founded in 2010 by Takeshi Hakamada. The company is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with operations in United States and Europe.
ispace aims to be a vehicle for companies on Earth to access new business opportunities on the Moon and ultimately incorporate the Moon into Earth’s economic and living sphere.
ispace utilizes 3D printed and commercially off the shelf products (COTS) for rapid prototyping while maximizing structural mass efficiency and shortening the developmental life cycle. ispace will land its first lander on the Moon in 2021 as part of its “HAKUTO-R” program—the world’s first commercial lunar exploration program. The missions for HAKUTO-R will launch on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket.
ispace has also launched a new lunar data business concept, labeled “Blueprint Moon,” a planned data-centric platform through which the company aims to support customers with lunar market entry. The company outlined its vision to collect lunar data (i.e., imaging, environmental data, telemetry, resources information, etc.) and apply it to tools and applications, which can be provided as a service to potential customers.
ispace has signed partnerships with JAXA and the Government of Luxembourg. ispace is part of a team led by Draper, which was selected by NASA to compete in its Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) Program, and ispace Europe was selected by ESA to be part of the Science Team for PROSPECT, a program which seeks to extract water on the Moon.
ispace is backed by The Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, Development Bank of Japan, IF SPV 1st Investment Partnership, Suzuki Motor, Space Frontier Fund, Takasago Thermal Engineering Co., Japan Airlines and others. The company raised $28M in Series B round on Aug 20, 2020. This brings ispace's total funding to $125M to date.