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Hakuto-R: The Japanese lander has entered lunar orbit and is preparing for landing

last Tuesday (21), Hakuto-Rthe Japanese unit of ispace, entered lunar orbit and began preparation procedures for the start of attempts to land on the lunar surface. The success of the said move was confirmed in an official statement. The equipment was launched last year with the help of a missile from SpaceXBillionaire Corporation Elon Musk: Hey Falcon 9. The assigned task is known as m 1which is short for Task 1.

The equipment was launched last year with the help of SpaceX’s rocket, billionaire Elon Musk’s company: the Falcon 9.

The module reached the natural satellite after starting the engines, with the beginning of the maneuvers recorded at 22:24 (Brasilia time) on March 20. Success was achieved after a few hours. according to ispace:”After the lander’s main propulsion system burned out, which lasted a few minutes, the maneuver was successfully completed“.

Hakuto-R’s work is still far from over

Even if this initial success is encouraging for participants, and is notable for professionals, the Hakuto-R It will attempt to land on the moon next month. If the next step is equally successful, the Rashid RoverFrom the United Arab Emirates, and then the phase of investigation into the geology of the moon will begin.

If the next step is equally successful, the Rashid rover will be launched from the United Arab Emirates, after which the investigation phase of lunar geology will begin.

There’s no exact date for the landing yet, but it would be historic for ispace, if all goes well: it will be the first completely private spacecraft to land on the moon. The only robotic probes that have made it to the natural satellite are from government agencies with two big names: the first soviet union and the we.

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When you finish task 1, take action Task 2 that it 3. It is estimated that the launch of these projects will be in 2024 and 2025. m 3The company reported that the lander will deliver an important payload to the lunar surface, and provide two satellites to enable in-orbit communication.

source: Hey ho