Japan-based iSpace hopes to one day colonize the moon, and to kick things off, they have planned two flights using SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to transport spacecraft as secondary payloads to the lunar surface in 2020 and 2021. These spacecraft will be put into moon orbit and a second mission, should the first be successful, includes a lunar lander and rovers to explore the surface. Continue reading for another video and more information.
“But before the lunar lander and rovers make it to the Moon, ispace will try to demonstrate that it can put a spacecraft into lunar orbit. That vehicle, if successfully inserted, will remain in orbit for one to two months, testing out navigational cameras that iSpace plans to use for the lander and rover mission. It will also take images of the lunar surface and send those images down to Earth,” reports The Verge.