New Supporting Companies Join The Japanese Google Lunar XPRIZE Team HAKUTO

posted: 2017.4.5



April 05, 2017

New Supporting Companies Join The Japanese Google Lunar XPRIZE Team HAKUTO

Tokyo, Japan – April 05, 2017 — Team HAKUTO, the only Japanese team competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, announced today that three companies have joined HAKUTO as Supporting Companies.

HAKUTO is supported by an Official Partner, who are co-leading the Google Lunar XPRIZE project “au×HAKUTO MOON CHALLENGE” with HAKUTO, Corporate Partners, who are supporting the project, and Supporting Companies, who are providing technical know-hows and other assistance to HAKUTO. The new Supporting Companies announced today will provide the following technologies and know-hows:

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Company Provisions
NC Network Co., Ltd. Provision of network of parts machining manufacturers for special lightweight screws used for HAKUTO’s lunar exploration rover.
Hitachi Solutions Create, Ltd. Provision of technology & know-hows for system tests, and design & construction of a fault resistant data server to store HAKUTO’s mission data.
NS Tool Co., Ltd. Provision of precision machining tools such as end mills.

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.

【List of HAKUTO’s Partners and
Supporting Companies】

※New company indicated in red

Official Partner:

au/KDDI Corporation

Corporate Partners:

IHI Corporation、Zoff/ Intermestic Inc., Japan Airlines Co., Ltd., Recruit Technologies Co., Ltd., Suzuki Motor Corporation, Cemedine Co., Ltd.

Supporting Companies:

Jig-Saw Inc., Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi Main Store, Research Institute of Systems Planning, Inc., Marubeni Information Systems Co., Ltd., Tottori Prefecture, Toray Industries Inc., Intelligence, Ltd., takram design engineering, RDS Co., Ltd., Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Japan Manned Space Systems Corporation, HILLTOP Corporation, Xacti Corporation,
Yamauchi Matex Corporation, Mitsue-Links Co., Ltd.
Snow Peak Inc., DCA Corporation, NC Network Co., Ltd.,
Hitachi Solutions Create, Ltd., NS Tool Co., Ltd.

【About HAKUTO】

Team HAKUTO, run by the Japanese startup ispace, Inc., is the only Japanese team competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. The team is comprised of various members including: the members of ispace, Tohoku University, and Pro-Bono experts from various fields. HAKUTO was awarded a Mobility Milestone Prize from Google Lunar XPRIZE in January 2015.


【About the Google Lunar XPRIZE 】

The $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE is an unprecedented competition to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. To win the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a privately funded team must successfully place a robot on the Moon’s surface that explores at least 500 meters and transmits high-definition video and images back to Earth, before the mission deadline of December 31, 2017.

【Contact Information】

Yuta Muto, HAKUTO PR Office
TEL:+81 3-5565-8483