What would have been the primary personal Moon touchdown has resulted in failure after Japanese startup ispace misplaced contact with its lunar lander, as reported earlier by The Washington Post. Because the Hakuto-R Mission 1 lander inched nearer to the Moon’s floor, engineers discovered that they had been now not in a position to talk with the spacecraft.
“At present, now we have not confirmed communications from the lander,” ispace CEO Takeshi Hakamada stated during a livestream of the mission. “So now we have to imagine that we couldn’t full the touchdown.”
Final December, ispace launched its Hakuto-R lander from Cape Canaveral, Florida atop SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. The lander launched into a three-month-long journey to succeed in lunar orbit earlier than it was supposed to the touch down on the floor of the Moon on Tuesday. Issues gave the impression to be going as deliberate till engineers obtained no response from the spacecraft after its anticipated 12:40PM ET landing.
“Our engineers and mission operations specialists in our MCC [mission control center] are at present working to verify the present standing of the lander,” ispace stated following the livestream. “Additional info on the standing of the lander shall be introduced because it turns into accessible.”