Japanese commercial lunar transportation company Ispace plans to conduct the critical design review of its Moon lander early in 2020, ahead of flights scheduled for 2021 and 2023. Some parts for the first lander have been ordered in advance of the design review, spokesperson Shuhei Akimoto said. The first mission has a customer, Japanese battery maker NGK, which wants to test a product on the Moon. NGK will take no more than 400 g (14 oz.) of the 30-kg (70-lb.) payload capacity of the ...

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