HAKUTO-R Mission 1

Launch Time
Sun Dec 11, 2022 07:38 UTC


Falcon 9 Block 5
Image Credit: SpaceX
Status: Active
Price: $67.0 million
Liftoff Thrust: 7,607 kN
Payload to LEO: 22,800 kg
Payload to GTO: 8,300 kg
Stages: 2
Strap-ons: 0
Rocket Height: 70.0 m
Fairing Diameter: 5.2 m
Fairing Height: 13.0 m


Landing Zone 2


Flight #5
77 day turnaround
166th Falcon recovery attempt
154th successful Falcon recovery
81st consecutive successful Falcon landing and recovery

Mission Details

HAKUTO-R Mission 1

HAKUTO-R is a multinational commercial lunar exploration program operated by ispace. It includes ispace's first two lunar missions, the first mission will perform a soft landing on the Moon in 2023. It will be the first private sector-led Japanese mission to land on the lunar surface.

Managed by ispace, and supported by sponsors, a passionate crew of volunteers, and a large fan club in Japan, HAKUTO competed in the race for the greater part of the past decade. In 2015, the team achieved a $500,000 milestone prize, and in 2017, it completed and delivered a flight-ready rover to its launch location. However, since ispace relied on a partner for the lander and launch, which were not fulfilled, and as no other contestants were capable of completing the mission, the competition ended in March 2018 without a winner. As a result, Team HAKUTO officially closed.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 1,000.0 kg
Trans Lunar Injection

Lunar Flashlight

As a technology demonstration, Lunar Flashlight will be the first interplanetary spacecraft to use a new kind of “green” propellant that is safer to transport and store than the commonly used in-space propellants such as hydrazine. This new propellant, developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory and tested on a previous NASA technology demonstration mission, burns via a catalyst, rather than requiring a separate oxidizer. That is why it’s called a monopropellant. The satellite’s propulsion system was developed and built by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, with integration support from Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta.

Lunar Flashlight will become the first mission to use a four-laser reflectometer to look for water ice on the Moon. The reflectometer works by using near-infrared wavelengths that are readily absorbed by water to identify ice on the surface. Should the lasers hit bare rock, their light will reflect back to the spacecraft, signaling a lack of ice. But if the light is absorbed, it would mean these dark pockets do indeed contain ice. The greater the absorption, the more ice may be at the surface.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 14.0 kg
Trans Lunar Injection


SLC-40, Cape Canaveral SFS, Florida, USA



173rd orbital launch attempt


199th mission
56th mission of 2022
193rd successful mission
165th consecutive successful mission

Falcon 9

190th mission
55th mission of 2022
187th successful mission
161st consecutive successful mission