The United Arab Emirates will be sending its first rover to the moon with Japanese lunar exploration company ispace in 2022, the company announced on Wednesday.
UAE’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has partnered with Japan’s ispace to deliver the lunar rover which was initially intended to be sent to space by 2024.
“Under this agreement, ispace becomes a key strategic and implementation partner to MBRSC on the Emirates Lunar Mission, the first of its kind from the Arab world,” ispace said.
In addition to transporting the ‘Rashid’ rover, the company will also provide communication and power during the rover’s journey to the moon, as well as to provide wireless communication on the lunar surface.
“Upon the execution of the mission, the UAE and Japan, together, are anticipated to be the next two nations to successfully put a spacecraft on the lunar surface, following the United States, Russia and China,” the company also said.
The launch will make use of Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX which will transport the ispace lander to the moon’s orbit, carrying the Rashid rover.
The mission is also part of the Gulf state’s Mars 2117 Programme to build a human settlement on Mars.
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