ispace, inc., founded in 2010 in japan. is a lunar exploration company that employs a total of more than 170 people across Japan, Europe and the United States. ispace builds small commercial lunar landers (landers) with the aim of making frequent, low-cost deliveries to the moon. To support companies looking to expand their business on the moon, ispace has also launched a lunar data management and analytics service to help companies understand and access the lunar market. The company’s first lunar mission is currently scheduled for 2022. The lander for this mission is undergoing final assembly by ispace at an ArianeGroup facility in Germany and will launch from the United States on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
ispace EU, the European subsidiary of ispace inc. (ispace), is based in Luxembourg. ispace EU started its activities in March 2017, under a cooperation agreement with the SpaceResources.lu initiative of the Ministry of Economy and the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA), aimed at supporting the development of an innovative commercial space for the industry. Launched in 2016, this initiative has positioned Luxembourg as a pioneer in the exploration and use of space resources. ispace EU has experienced significant growth in its first five years of existence and today employs more than 25 people, including experts in space robotics, data analytics and the use of space resources. The development of rovers is at the heart of its activities, especially the microrover that will be sent to the lunar surface by the ispace lander during the ispace M2 mission. From the beginning of its activities in Luxembourg, the company has set up the first “moon garden” in Luxembourg, which is a reproduction of the environment of the lunar surface, to simulate the driving of rovers on the moon and aid the development of navigation technology.
In the five years that ispace EU has been active, it has undergone a remarkable development. Indeed, it was selected by ESA, together with ArianeGroup, to participate in a pilot phase aimed at establishing commercial partnerships in Europe for lunar transport and exploration. It also established a non-profit organization called EURO2MOON with Airbus Defense & Space and Air Liquide to focus European development efforts on topics related to lunar surface exploration and the commercial use of its resources. In addition, she participates in the scientific team of the European Space Agency for PROSPECT, a program that aims to extract water from the moon.
On the occasion of the visit, the Economy Minister, Franz Fayot, stated: “In five years, ispace EU has undergone a remarkable development that has contributed to strengthening Luxembourg’s attractiveness and reputation in the space sector. Supporting innovative companies in the space sector is essential to boost the success and commercial development of this sector.With the SpaceResources.lu initiative, followed by the launch of the LSA and then the ESRIC, the Ministry remains committed to fostering research and collaborations to make Luxembourg a knowledge center for space resource research in Europe”.
“When I heard about the SpaceResources.lu initiative, I was impressed by the foresight of the Luxembourg government and convinced that Luxembourg was the best place to launch our activities at the European level. After five years, this is We are grateful for the support from the Luxembourg government and look forward to growing our partnerships in Europe and beyond,” said Takeshi Hakamada, founder and CEO of ispace, inc.
“I am very proud of the team we have assembled in ispace’s European office over the past five years. Their skills and experience make us a leader in lunar rover technology and space resource utilization in Europe and around the world. world,” said Julien-Alexandre Lamamy, general manager of ispace EU. “The space industry will make significant progress over the next 5 years and ispace EU will be at the forefront of our partners and customers in the future.”
Communicated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs