JAXA chooses ArkEdge to study navigation and the development of communication technologies

JAXA chooses ArkEdge to study navigation and the development of communication technologies

ArkEdge Space Inc. has been 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 on the development of navigation and communication technologies for lunar surface activities” (Ministry of Education: Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)) as one of the programs strategies to accelerate the research, development and use of space technology (STARDUST program). 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 Optics Inc., KDDI Corporation, KDDI Research, Inc., The Graduate School of Engineering – The University of Tokyo, and 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 that 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, which aims to return humans to the Moon by 2025 and conduct a historic human mission to Mars in the 2030s. Japan is expected to play a key role in the design and development of the navigation and communication architecture as an infrastructure.

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


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