Mounted on Astrobotic’s “Peregrine” lander, HAKUTO’s rover will be launched from the Earth by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, and sent to lunar orbit. The Peregrine lander will achieve soft landing on the moon. The rover rover is then deployed onto the Moon’s surface.
Travel more than 500 meters on the Moon’s surface while avoiding craters and rocks in an extreme environment with a surface temperature of more than 100℃ at noon and below -150℃ at night.
Capture high-definition, 360-degree images of the lunar surface, and transmit these “Mooncasts” back to the Earth.
The Google Lunar XPRIZE is an incentivized prize competition
offering 30 million U.S. dollars in prize money to privately funded teams to land a rover
that will travel more than 500 meters on the Moon.
HAKUTO is one of 16 teams and the only team from Japan.
In Jan 2015, HAKUTO has received the $500K Milestone Prize for Mobility. This proves that Hakuto’s rover is able to perform its mission in outer space. Winning this $500,000 prize has allowed us to speed up development of the rover.