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Team HAKUTO has won one Milestone Prize: the Mobility Prize, for a total of $500,000 in prizes...so far! (See the complete $30 million in prizes that are available)

HAKUTO is the sole Google Lunar XPRIZE team from Japan, a global leader in space robotics that is developing a privately funded rover to explore the Moon. Team HAKUTO has been selected as one of the five finalist in the competition, and has won the Mobility Milestone Prize for a total of $500,000

HAKUTO is operated by ispace, Inc., a Tokyo-based NewSpace startup that is developing a lunar mining business. HAKUTO is comprised of various members including members of ispace, the Space Robotics Lab at Tohoku University, and Pro-Bono experts from various fields including those outside of aerospace and scientific fields.

HAKUTO’s rover development is led by engineers at ispace, Inc. By actively utilizing commercial products, the team is developing the world’s smallest planetary exploration rover. HAKUTO’s rover is the result of an optimization of mission cost and performance, achieving a total weight of only 4kg.

The name HAKUTO means “White Rabbit”, and comes from a Japanese folktale wherein the shape of a rabbit can be seen in the dark areas of the lunar surface.


Our mission is to win the $20M Grand Prize — and become the world’s first privately funded team to successfully conduct lunar exploration. In addition to the Grand Prize, HAKUTO will be attempting to win the Range Bonus Prize.

HAKUTO signed a rideshare agreement to have Team Indus carry its four-wheeled rover to the Moon aboard the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. The launch is scheduled in December 2017 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India.


To meet the challenges, HAKUTO has applied intensive problem solving and its multidisciplinary expertise to deliver a high quality design solution.

HAKUTO’s rover design highlights the strengths of Japanese engineering: the miniaturization of complex machines and tight integration of electronics. The rover is composed of various commercial products for weight and cost reduction, all of which have passed environmental testing for space.

The rovers’ body incorporates strong, lightweight, Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) materials. The wheels are made with thermal insulation material to prevent the extreme heat and cold of the lunar surface (more than 100℃ at noon, below -150℃ at night) from being conducted to the rovers’ bodies.

Four cameras capture high definition images in 360-degrees, which are transmitted to Earth with data-compression technology. The cameras allow the human pilot to have Near Real Time vision of the path of the rover and guide it towards its mission. Additionally, the rover has an infrared Time of Flight 3D Camera and on-board AI to detect mission endangering hazards and stop automatically.

HAKUTO’s technology is built upon the 15 years of R&D work by Professor Kazuya Yoshida (Department of Aerospace Engineering at Tohoku University), who has contributed to numerous Japanese space missions---including Hayabusa 2's on-board micro exploration rover Minerva 2, the first rover to land on an asteroid.


HAKUTO is supported by over 20 companies from various industries. These companies have joined the team as sponsors to provide monetary support, technical assistance and know-hows (see the full list here: http://team-hakuto.jp/en/partner/index.html ).

Official Partner: au/KDDi, Corporate Partners: IHI, Zoff, JAL, Recruit Technologies, Suzuki, Cemedine, and over 10 supporting companies.

As Japan’s only team competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, HAKUTO will gather together incredible technologies of Japanese companies to reach for the Moon.


Building upon the knowledge and experience gained in this competition, ispace inc., the Tokyo-based startup operating team HAKUTO, is developing a lunar mining business with a vision to extend human presence into outer space.

With its micro-robotic technology, ispace plans to provide a low-cost and frequent transportation service to and on the Moon. The rovers will, conduct lunar surface exploration to map, process and and eventually deliver resources to our customers in cislunar space.

Learn more at: http://ispace-inc.com/

Team Members

Takeshi Hakamada
Hugo Zuliani
Kei Arima
Kenichiro Tsuchiya
Taiki Kobayashi
Kazuki Hayakawa
Daisuke Takahashi
Soga Sato
Takuya Goto
Toshiro Shimizu
Junichi Takeda
Koji Chida
Takanori Haginaka
Yasunori Fujimoto
Arata Kawamoto
Alperen Ahmed Pala
Taichi Murai
Kyoko Yonezawa
Daisuke Kikuchi
Yoshiaki Nakaue
Sho Otake
Masahiro Takeuchi
Kazuhiro Kato

Oriol Gásquez
Toshiki Tanaka
Satoshi Mochizuki
Moeko Hidaka
Takuto Oikawa
John Walker
Yuki Edagawa
Takahiro Nakamura
Daisuke Furutomo
Masayasu Ishida
Kentaro Uno
Goichi Kawasaki
Kiyona Miyamoto
Shuhei Akimoto
Takahisa Tomoda
Atsushi Tamashiro
Yu Kudo
Kazuya Yoshida
Yukiyo Kobayashi
Mickaël Laîné
Akiko Mano
Kazutoshi Nishii

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