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 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 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.
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.
ispace is backed by The Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, Incubate Fund, Development Bank of Japan, Airbus Ventures, IF SPV 1st Investment Partnership, Suzuki Motor, Space Frontier Fund, Takasago Thermal Engineering, Japan Airlines, and others. The company raised $46M in Series C round on Aug 04, 2021. This brings ispace's total funding to $174.8M to date.