ispace has renamed the Series 2 Lander to "APEX1.0 Lander", developed primarily in the United States.
Publication Date: September 28, 2023, 16:48
On September 28, ispace announced the establishment of a new U.S. headquarters in Denver, Colorado, by its subsidiary, ispace technologies U.S. Alongside the commencement of full-scale operations, the company revealed that it is renaming the 'Series 2 Lander', which it has been developing for use in Mission 3, to 'APEX1.0 Lander'. The development of this lander is being carried out at the new U.S. headquarters.
The APEX1.0 Lander is an enhanced version of the Series 1 Lander, leveraging the data and expertise gained from its predecessor. Unlike previous trajectories, it adopts a path that allows it to reach the moon in a shorter period. It is capable of transporting a maximum payload of 300kg to the lunar surface, over ten times the capacity of the Series 1 Lander. The company aims to eventually achieve a payload design capacity of up to 500kg.
In transitioning from the Series 2 Lander to the APEX1.0 Lander, the launch schedule for Mission 3 has been revised from the initially planned 2025 to 2026. This decision was made to enhance the capabilities of the APEX1.0 Lander, enabling it to handle payloads that require more careful handling. The company also disclosed that it has completed the Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for Mission 3, marking the completion of all PDR processes related to the lander. Going forward, the company aims to complete the Critical Design Review (CDR), the next milestone for Mission 3, by the end of fiscal 2023.
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