26 Jan 2022
UAE's Moon Mission Partnered with Japan’s iSpace to Launch this October
The Index Today
The chief of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre said on Tuesday, that the UAE will attempt to land a rover on the Moon in October. The Arab world's first Moon mission was announced in 2020, but they mentioned that the launch will be on 2024.
However, the UAE was able to secure an earlier flight when it partnered with Japan's ispace to use its Hakuto-R lander to deliver the rover to the moon surface this year.
Salem Al Marri, the director general of the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre, said “We plan to launch our first rover, which will be the first object from the Arab world to land on another celestial body,” affirming that the rover would launch in October.
Currently, the engineers at the UAE space center are assembling the Rashid rover. And based on facts this Moon mission started in 2017.
After years in development, the Japanese lander that will take the UAE rover to the Moon is nearing completion. The Hakuto-R lander has been in development since 2019. Technical problems in 2020 delayed its first launch plan. It is now in the final stages of assembly and will be ready to receive the Rashid rover for integration in April, according to the National report.
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