An altitude miscalculation resulted in Japanese startup ispace’s Hakuto-R moon landing mission failing last month, the firm says.
‘Miscalculation’ scuppers startup’s failed moon landing
Japanese startup ispace’s failed Hakuto-R moon landing mission last month was caused by an altitude miscalculation that meant the spacecraft ran out of fuel, the company says.
Tokyo-based ispace lost connection with the Hakuto-R Mission 1 lander after the spacecraft attempted what would have been the world’s first commercial soft-landing on the moon’s surface.
The crash was the latest setback in Japan’s space program.
The country’s space agency in March had to destroy its new medium-lift H3 rocket after it reached space and its solid-fuel Epsilon rocket failed after launch in October.