Japan Airlines (JAL) and lunar exploration
company ispace have agreed to form a capital and business
In correlation with JAL`s 'Embrace New Challenges'
slogan, the company has been sponsoring a team managed by ispace
called 'HAKUTO' since 2015, which was the first privately funded
team formed in Japan for lunar exploration.
Through the new alliance, JAL will further
engage in space development and strive to bring new values to
ispace is exploring lunar resources with an aim
the sustainability of this planet, while exploring human presence
By taking part in Japan`s largest space
development program in the private sector, JAL is taking its first step
in expanding its business into space. The capital and business alliance
- Strategic investment in ispace;
- Collaboration in transportation, maintenance, operation;
- Collaboration in
space travel business; and
- ispace space development.
ispace is spearheading two exploration missions to
the moon. Mission 1, planned for
the fourth quarter of 2019, will inject the lander into the lunar
orbit to conduct observation of the lunar surface. Mission 2,
planned for the fourth quarter of 2020, will see the lander
attempt a soft landing on the moon, deploying multiple rovers to
explore and map the surface.