HRH the Hereditary Grand Duke and Franz Fayot visited ispace Europe to celebrate its 5th anniversary in Luxembourg

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  2. Visit to ispace Europe to celebrate its 5th anniversary in Luxembourg

    Visit to ispace Europe to celebrate its 5th anniversary in Luxembourg

  3. (from left to right) Franz Fayot, Economics Minister;  HRH the Hereditary Grand Duke;  Miguel Ordonez, Project Manager ispace Europe;  Julien-Alexandre Lamamy, Managing Director ispace Europe;  John Walker, Senior Systems Engineer ispace Europe

    (from left to right) Franz Fayot, Economics Minister; HRH the Hereditary Grand Duke; Miguel Ordonez, Project Manager ispace Europe; Julien-Alexandre Lamamy, Managing Director ispace Europe; John Walker, Senior Systems Engineer ispace Europe

  4. (left to right) Julien-Alexandre Lamamy, Managing Director ispace Europe;  Abbie Hutty, Lead Systems Engineer, ispace Europe;  HRH the Hereditary Grand Duke;  Franz Fayot, Economics Minister;  Rick Montgomery, Robotics Engineer, ispace Europe

    (left to right) Julien-Alexandre Lamamy, Managing Director ispace Europe; Abbie Hutty, Lead Systems Engineer, ispace Europe; HRH the Hereditary Grand Duke; Franz Fayot, Economics Minister; Rick Montgomery, Robotics Engineer, ispace Europe

  5. Rover development is at the heart of ispace's activities, particularly the micro-rovers to be sent to the lunar surface.

    Rover development is at the heart of ispace’s activities, particularly the micro-rovers to be sent to the lunar surface.

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    The “Moon Garden” set up by ispace is a recreation of the environment of the lunar surface to simulate driving rovers on the moon and to support the development of navigation technology

ispace, inc. was founded in Japan in 2010. is a lunar exploration company employing a total of more than 170 people in Japan, Europe and the United States. ispace builds small commercial lunar landers (landers) with the goal of making frequent and inexpensive deliveries to the moon. In an effort to support companies looking to expand their business on the moon, ispace has also launched a lunar data management and analysis service to help companies understand and access the lunar market. The company’s first lunar mission is currently scheduled for 2022. The lander for this mission will be assembled by ispace at an ArianeGroup facility in Germany and launched from the United States on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

ispace EU, the European subsidiary of ispace inc. (ispace) based in Luxembourg. ispace EU started its activities in March 2017 under a cooperation agreement with the SpaceResources.lu initiative of the Ministry of Economy and the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA), which aims to support the development of an innovative business space in the industry. Launched in 2016, this initiative has positioned Luxembourg as a pioneer in the exploration and exploitation of space resources. ispace EU has grown significantly in the first five years of its existence and today employs more than 25 people, including experts in space robotics, data analysis and the exploitation of space resources. The development of rovers is the focus of his activities, in particular the Micro Rover to be sent to the lunar surface by the ispace Lander during the ispace M2 mission. Since the beginning of its activities in Luxembourg, the company has set up the first “moon garden” in Luxembourg, which is a recreation of the lunar surface environment, to simulate driving rovers on the moon and to support the development of navigation technology.

During its five years of operation, ispace EU has seen a remarkable development. In fact, it has been selected by ESA, along with ArianeGroup, to take part in a pilot phase aimed at establishing commercial partnerships in Europe for lunar transport and exploration. She also founded a non-profit association called EURO2MOON with Airbus Defense & Space and Air Liquide to focus European development efforts on issues related to exploration of the lunar surface and the commercial exploitation of its resources and sustainable. In addition, she participates in the European Space Agency’s scientific team for PROSPECT, a program aimed at extracting water on the moon.

On the occasion of the visit, Economy Minister Franz Fayot stated: “In 5 years, ispace EU has undergone a remarkable development that has helped to strengthen Luxembourg’s attractiveness and reputation in the space sector. Support for innovation companies in the space sector is crucial to boost the success and commercial development of this sector. With the SpaceResources.lu initiative, followed by the launch of the LSA and then the ESRIC, the Ministry remains committed to stimulating research and collaborations to make Luxembourg a center of excellence for exploring space resources in Europe”.

“When I heard about the SpaceResources.lu initiative, I was impressed by the foresight of the Luxembourg government and convinced that Luxembourg is the best place to start our activities at European level. After five years, that has come true. We are grateful for the support of the Luxembourg government and look forward to further expanding our partnerships in Europe and beyond,” said Takeshi Hakamada, Founder and CEO of ispace, inc.

“I am very proud of the team we have assembled at ispace’s European office over the past five years. Their skills and experience make us a leader in lunar rover technology and the exploitation of space resources in Europe and around the world,” said Julien-Alexandre Lamamy, Managing Director of ispace EU. “The space industry will see significant advances over the next 5 years and ispace EU will be at the forefront with our partners and for our customers moving forward.”

Communicated by the Ministry of Economy

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