This is a first-of-its-kind collaboration of two private space enterprises competing in the Google Lunar XPRIZE, said TeamIndus which signed a launch contract to land a spacecraft on the moon with Indian space agency Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) earlier this month.
“We are delighted to welcome Hakuto on board our spacecraft and look forward to working with them over the next few months,” TeamIndus Fleet Commander Rahul Narayan said in a statement.
“After our PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) launch contract announcement, this is a reaffirmation of our technology preparedness as we continue to build towards becoming the first private entity to land on the Moon,” Narayan added.
TeamIndus can carry up to 20kg of payload of which the Japanese rover weighs four kg.
“In addition to that we are carrying International University payloads and student experiments under our Lab2Moon initiative,” Sridhar Ramasubban of TeamIndus noted.