Japan's ispace says altitude miscalculation caused moon landing failure

A model of the lander in HAKUTO-R lunar exploration program by "ispace" is pictured at a venue to monitor its landing on the Moon, in Tokyo, Japan, on April 26, 2023.
PHOTO: Reuters

TOKYO - Japanese startup ispace inc said on Friday (May 26) the cause of its failed Hakuto-R moon landing mission last month was the miscalculation of its altitude, which led to the spacecraft's running out of fuel.

Tokyo-based ispace late last month 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 company said in a statement improvements would be made towards its second and third missions, planned in 2024 and 2025.

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