An orbital launch attempt by Chinese startup iSpace ended in failure early Friday, following two failures last year.
Japanese lunar lander developer ispace said April 21 it is negotiating the world’s first insurance coverage for a commercial mission to the moon’s surface.
Agile Space Industries, a Durango, Colorado company focused on in-space chemical propulsion, is additively manufacturing thrusters for robotic lunar landers being built by Astrobotic Technology, ispace and Masten Space Systems.
A number of China’s emerging rocket companies have secured major funding rounds in recent weeks as competition to reach orbit intensifies.
Spanish-German startup Plus Ultra Space Outposts plans to deploy the bulk of its proposed lunar communications and navigation constellation with ispace, the Japanese lunar transportation venture selling accommodations on its moon-bound landers.
China’s main space contractor will target more than 40 orbital launches this year, including completion of the Tiangong space station, following 48 successful launches in 2021.
Players in China’s emerging commercial space sector have outlined big plans for rockets, spaceplanes and more for the coming years at a space forum hosted in Wuhan, central China.
Japanese lunar lander developer ispace raised $46 million in a new funding round Aug. 4 to support future missions to the moon.
Chinese private firm iSpace conducted a launch of a Hyperbola-1 solid rocket early Tuesday but status of the mission is currently unknown.
A number of Chinese rocket firms are preparing to carry out first hop tests in a bid to develop reusable launch vehicles.
The Japanese and Canadian space agencies announced plans May 26 to send small rovers to the moon in the next several years, as Lockheed Martin unveiled a partnership with automaker General Motors to propose a rover for NASA’s Artemis program.
Chinese commercial launch company iSpace stated Monday that an errant piece of foam insulation caused the loss of its Hyperbola-1 rocket in February.
Launch of a Hyperbola-1 rocket by Chinese private firm iSpace ended in failure shortly after liftoff from Jiuquan launch center Monday.
Chinese private rocket firm iSpace is planning an IPO while also making progress on technology for a reusable launch vehicle.
A Japanese company developing commercial lunar landers has opened an office in the United States in a bid to win more business from NASA’s Artemis program.
Private Chinese launch firm iSpace has raised $172 million in series B funding for development of a new series of launch vehicles and reusable engines.
A Japanese company planning a series of lunar lander missions has raised $28 million that will allow it to complete development of its first mission.