Falcon 9 • ispace Hakuto-R Mission 1
December 11, 2022 at 2:38 a.m. EST
SpaceX's Falcon 9 launches first commercial HAKUTO-R Mission 1 for Japanese ispace into a lunar transfer orbit from Florida's Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A. The lunar lander will aim to become the first privately-led Japanese mission landing in the Lacus Somniorum region of the moon.
NASA’s Lunar Flashlight CubeSat was a rideshare payload on this launch.
Eight and a half minutes after liftoff, the rocket's reusable first stage booster B1073-5 landed at Landing Zone 2 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.