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Building on their experience in sample return missions.

 

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Japanese lunar lander startup ispace raised $28 million in its latest round led by Incubate Fund, Space Frontier Fund, Takasago Thermal Engineering and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance — bringing its total fundraising to ~$125 million to date.
 

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The Japanese ambassador to Israel, Mizushima Koichi, hosted a signing ceremony between the Israeli and Japanese companies for the two memorandum of understandings (MoU), in which ispace will deliver Helios’ technology to the lunar surface onboard ispace’s lander by the end of 2023 and mid-2024.

Helios’ payloads, called Lunar Extractor – 1 and Lunar Extractor – 2, aim to demonstrate the production of oxygen and metals from the local resources.
 

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Japan developing wooden satellites to cut space junk


cheers,
Robin.
The latest development on that:



Though there has been some scepticism about the idea. For example, from back in December:
https://arstechnica.com/science/202...uing-idea-but-wont-solve-space-junk-problems/
 
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