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Japan Airlines becomes corporate partner of ispace's HAKUTO-R program


Japan Airlines Corporation (JAL) and lunar exploration company, ispace, inc., announced that JAL has become a Corporate Partner of HAKUTO-R, the world's first commercial lunar exploration program.
JAL was a Corporate Partner of Team HAKUTO, the sole Japanese competitor and one of the 5 finalists in the Google Lunar XPRIZE Competition, which ended in March 2018. In alignment with the Challenge JAL platform, in which JAL encourages the constant pursuit of pushing boundaries of what humans can achieve, the company will continue to support ispace's challenge to reach the Moon, participating as a Corporate Partner to HAKUTO-R (HAKUTO-Reboot).
Last October, the two organizations announced that JAL Engineering Company (JALEC) will provide a facility near Narita International Airport for the assembly, integration and testing of HAKUTO-R's lunar landers, as well as technical support. Following the completion of the flight models, JAL will support the transportation of the landers to the launch site.
JAL's dedication to ispace's vision is also founded on the company's aspiration to create its own space business. Leveraging the learnings gained from the HAKUTO-R mission, JAL will pursue the creation of a business in space as one of their leading business development efforts. Through its support of HAKUTO-R, the world's first commercial lunar exploration program, JAL is helping to open up the new lunar frontier and contribute to the expansion of human activity in space.
"Japan Airlines has been one of our most dedicated supporters over the years," said Takeshi Hakamada, Founder & CEO of ispace. "We are grateful they continue to push us toward our dream."
In December 2017, ispace announced that JAL joined its Series A funding round, in which ispace raised $90.2 million USD-the largest Series A on record in Japan, and among the largest in the global space industry.

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