The Hakuto-R lander was scheduled to land on the lunar surface on Tuesday, April 25. Communication with him has been lost for the time being, the mission team said. This project is fully funded by the private company ispace.
The Hakuto-R lander was scheduled to land on Tuesday, April 25, in the late afternoon of our time on the moon. Communication with him has been lost for the time being, the mission team said. It is not known if the landing was successful. This mission is fully funded by the private company ispace.
“Nothing is confirmed, but it doesn’t look good,” Chris Bergin of NASASpaceflight.com tweeted.
The lander was launched on March 21 via a Falcon 9 rocket belonging to Elon Musk’s SpaceX company.
Where is the Hakuto-R going to land?
Hakuto-R was supposed to land in the Atlas crater, which is located on the southeastern edge Mary Frigoris (Latin Sea of Cold). Mary Frigoris is the lunar sea located north of Mare Imbrium and northeast of Mare Serenitatis.
The landing was to start from an altitude of about 100 kilometers above the lunar surface. First, a braking manoeuvre, during which the lander would ignite its main engine, would begin. Hakuto-R would then adjust its orientation relative to the lunar surface and gradually reduce speed to make a soft landing. The whole process was supposed to take about an hour.
The lander captured the image of the rising of the Earth
One of the images uploaded by Hakuto-R captured a glorious Earthrise that occurred at the same time as a hybrid solar eclipse. The image shows the Moon’s shadow as it moves across the Earth’s surface over the South Pacific.
Rover on board
The lander houses the small rover Rashid of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) space agency, an artificial intelligence system from Canada’s Mission Control, and a multi-camera imaging system from Canada’s Canadensys Aerospace.
As a secondary charge, one belonging to was also launched NASA The Lunar Flashlight probe, which was to enter orbit around the Moon and search for ice on its surface using a reflectometer consisting of four lasers.
Only three countries have so far managed to put their landers on the moon: the United States, the Soviet Union and China.
The drive was built by a Pole
A Pole, Doctor Jakub Gramatyka from the Łukasiewicz Research Network, Institute of Aviation, worked on the construction of the lander’s drive.
Main photo source: ENEX