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Interview: Takeshi Hakamada, ispace Technologies

6 Jun 2016, 14:15 UTC
Interview: Takeshi Hakamada, ispace Technologies
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Takeshi Hakamada’s personal vision has been to create a world where spaceships like the ones in Star Wars that fly between planets. At university he heard of the Ansari XPRIZE (commercial human spaceflight) from a pilot of Spaceship One and felt a dawn of a new commercial space industry. He chose the path of consulting after university, realising that commercialisation requires not only engineers but also a management team and investors.In 2013 he took over as the team lead for the project HAKUTO competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE and concurrently founded ispace technologies. Since then he has led Team HAKUTO and ispace in winning a $500,000 milestone prize, raising $2M in venture capital and generating nearly $6M in advertising revenue.The main focus of ispace is to locate, extract, and deliver lunar ice to customers in cis-lunar space. ispace specialises in using 3D printed and commercially off the shelf products (COTS) for rapid prototyping while maximising structural mass efficiency and shortening the developmental life cycle. Its micro-robots will be able to explore larger areas of the Moon faster and at a fraction of the cost of large robots, ensuring a more cost effective approach to lunar exploration in the future.Takeshi ...

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