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SpaceX will send to the moon a private Japanese camera

SpaceX отправит к Луне частный японский аппаратThe first flight should take place in 2020 and the second a year later.

The Japanese company iSpace has concluded with SpaceX the contract to send two missions to the moon in 2020 and 2021.

The company reached the finals of the competition Google Lunar XPrize, and preparing their devices for several years.

During the first mission, the company will send to the moon lander, but he will land on the moon and orbit around it and begin sending data to Earth.

“We share a vision with SpaceX, which allows people to live in space, so we are very pleased that they will join us on this first leg of our journey,” said Takeshi Hakamada, founder and CEO of iSpace.

In 2021 iSpace will send a second unit, which will make a soft landing on the moon and delivered to the surface of a small moon that will also collect scientific data.

“We are entering a new era in space exploration, SpaceX and proudly chose ispace to launch their first lunar missions. We look forward to delivering this innovative spacecraft to the moon,” added the President of SpaceX, Gwynne Shotwell.

The first two lunar mission of the company iSpace will be performed in the framework of the LONG-LONG R. the Name means “white rabbit”, it is based on local folklore about the rabbit in the moon. By the way, in China tell similar legends about the moon rabbit in his honor, was named China’s first lunar Rover.

iSpace – private lunar exploration company with the prospect of expanding human presence beyond Earth. The company, which currently has more than 65 employees, working in Japan, Luxembourg and the United States and signed a partnership with the Japanese aerospace exploration Agency (JAXA) and the government of Luxembourg.

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