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JAXA selects consortium to study development of navigation and communication technologies for lunar surface activities

TOKYO, February 15, 2022 – (JCN Newswire) – – ArkEdge Space Inc. was awarded a contract by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to study the development of navigation and communication technologies for lunar surface activities.

The government of Japan chose “A study of navigation and Development of communication technologies for lunar surface activities” (Ministry of Education: Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)) as one of the strategic programs for Accelerate researchDevelopment and use of space technology (STARDUST program[1]). JAXA was tasked with managing the project and selected ArkEdge Space as the prime contractor.

The study will be conducted by a consortium formed by ArkEdge Space, including ispace, inc., AAI – GNSS Consulting Office, Kiyohara Optical Inc., KDDI Corporation, KDDI Research, Inc., The Higher School of Engineers – The University of Tokyoand Mitsubishi Precision Co., Ltd. From mid-January to March 25, 2022, the consortium will work on the proposal for a lunar navigation and communication architecture which should become a lunar exploration infrastructure. This includes the design of a concept of a lunar satellite navigation system and a lunar-earth communication system and its development plan. The study is expected to expand the architecture as well as accelerate the research and development of key technologies that could contribute to the international discussion in the future.

International interest has grown in human space exploration, such as the Artemis program[2]which aims to return humans to the Moon by 2025 and conduct a historic human mission to Mars in the 2030s. Japan should play a key role in the design and development of the navigation and communication architecture as an infrastructure.

ArkEdge Space and consortium members[3] will actively support Japan to achieve sustainable space exploration on the Moon and beyond, and to establish a lunar economy by accelerating technology development and demonstration through collaboration between industry, academia and government.

[1] An interdepartmental cooperation program led by the Japanese government to select and promote research and development projects for lunar exploration and fundamental satellite technologies.

[2] A United States-led by an international manned spaceflight program that aims to return humans to the Moon by 2025 and conduct a historic human mission to Mars in the 2030s. NASA and JAXA have also finalized an agreement to from NASA bridge which is an orbiting outpost planned to be built in lunar orbit.

[3] Overview of consortium members:

ArkEdge Space Inc.: Tokyo, Japan; Takayoshi Fukuyo, CEO;

AAI – GNSS Consulting Office: Hyogo, Japan; Osamu AraiPresident.

ispace, inc. : Tokyo, Japan; Takeshi HakamadaFounder & CEO;

Kiyohara Optical Inc.: Tokyo, Japan; Hirohiko ShinonagaPresident;

KDDI Corporation: Tokyo, Japan; Makoto TakahashiPresident;

KDDI Research, Inc.: Saitama, Japan; Hajime NakamuraPresident and CEO;

Mitsubishi Precision Co., Ltd.: Tokyo, Japan; Seiji FujimotoPresident;

The Higher School of Engineers,The University of Tokyo: Tokyo, Japan; Takao SomeyaDean of Engineering school;

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