- Nov 29, 2023
As Private Lunar Competition Heats up, ispace’s 3rd Moon Launch Moves to 2026
The Moon is open for business. That much is clear. What is not clear is which company will get there first. The Tokyo-based firm, ispace, whose Hakuto-R Mission 1 lander had crashed into the Moon’s Atlas crater earlier this year, announced on Thursday (September 28) that it had inked a $55 million NASA contract in a bid to do what three governments, though no private company, has yet to achieve: a lunar landing.