Japanese company Ispace, which positions itself as a startup for the exploration of the Moon, signed an agreement with SpaceX Elon Musk about flights to the Earth satellite. Within the first mission, it is planned to send a research module to its orbit, the second – to ensure the sending of two lunar ATVs to the surface of a neighboring celestial body.
Apparatus Ispace will be engaged in data collection, and the global goal of the Japanese is to increase the presence of people outside the Earth. Lunar ATVs will look for better places for planting, traces of water and the collection of other data for future colonization, Reuters reports .
Recently, it was also reported about the purchase by Japanese billionaire Yusak Maezawa of a ticket for a flight to the Moon on a SpaceX rocket. The mission is scheduled for 2023. The Ispace project, in turn, will be implemented in 2020 and 2021.