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ispace-U.S. to use Swedish Space Corporation’s lunar ground station network for its M3 lunar mission

ispace-U.S. to use Swedish Space Corporation’s lunar ground station network for its M3 lunar mission

Swedish Space Corporation (SSC Space US) has signed a collaboration agreement with the US lunar exploration company ispace technologies U.S., Inc. (ispace-U.S.), to support their upcoming Mission 3 with the APEX 1.0 lunar lander. SSC will provide critical communication links to the mission through its advanced SSC Connect lunar ground station network capabilities.


With a proven track record of over 15 years of commercial support to lunar exploration endeavors, SSC is slated to play a pivotal role in ensuring the success of ispace-U.S.’s Mission 3 lunar mission.


“We are excited to embark on this journey together with ispace-U.S. While this collaboration underscores SSC’s long heritage and commitment to the global lunar market, we are continuously making new investments to support the technical requirements for today’s modern lunar missions. The Misson 3 lunar mission is crucially important for SSC, the U.S. space market, and the world – pushing the boundaries of space exploration,” says Erwin Mercado, President of SSC Space US.


“SSC’s cutting-edge technology coupled with their extensive lunar experience gives us great confidence that SSC will contribute significantly to the success of our lunar mission. This collaboration with SSC is one of many examples that demonstrates how ispace-U.S. leverages its global perspective to increase the effectiveness of our missions,” says Ron Garan, Chief Executive Officer of ispace-U.S.


ispace-U.S.’s Mission 3 will provide lunar lander services to Schrodinger Basin on the far side of the Moon as part of the Draper-led NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative. For the mission, scheduled for 2026, ispace-U.S. will transport and operate government and commercial payload instruments for lunar surface science. While the lander communicates directly with Earth during transit, ispace-U.S. will later use relay satellites for communication during surface operations.


SSC will be the sole provider of the commercial communication system that the APEX 1.0 lunar lander will use during its transit to the lunar surface – for all commanding, telemetry, ranging, and doppler. To complete this advanced moon mission support, SSC will leverage four SSC Connect deep space ground station sites.

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