But the UAE’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has now shifted into fifth gear and the mission will go forth ahead of schedule.
Takeshi Hakamada, CEO and founder of iSpace, announced yesterday he “honoured” to collaborate with the UAE on this mission.
He said: “The world will be watching as our commercial lander carries the ‘Rashid’ rover to the Moon.
“We’re pleased to advance collaboration between the UAE and Japan in space exploration, as well as to inspire more collaborations for lunar exploration between the public and commercial sector around the world.”
Japan’s HAKUTO-R will “transport” Rashid to the surface of the Moon and provide the probe with wireless communication.