UAE's Rashid rover integrated onto Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket for launch

UAE's Rashid rover integrated onto Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket for launch

The weather on the Space Coast so far looks suitable for a launch, with clear skies but periodic clouds expected.

The Japanese lunar lander with a UAE-built rover on board has been integrated onto a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for the launch on Wednesday.

SpaceX will attempt to launch the Hakuto-R Mission 1 lander, developed by private company ispace, at 12.39pm UAE time, from the Launch Complex 40 pad at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.

The 10kg Rashid rover is one of many government and commercial payloads that the lander is carrying, with a landing attempt on the Moon expected at the end of April.

“We are pleased to have finished the first phase of the Mission 1 with the final preparations before launch completed,” said Takeshi Hakamada, founder of ispace.

“We have achieved so much in the six short years since we first began conceptualising this project in 2016.”

UAE's Rashid rover integrated onto Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket for launch
Rashid Rover set to launch on Nov.28 at 12:46pm UAE time

The weather on the Space Coast so far looks suitable for a launch, with clear skies but periodic clouds expected.

There is only a four per cent chance of rain.

This will be the 55th launch for SpaceX this year. The company's reusable Falcon 9 rocket has a very high success rate.

This is the UAE's first Moon mission, with more rovers to be developed in the future.

The Rashid rover has been built by engineers from the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre.

A core team of 11 are behind the mission’s development and have been working on it since 2017.

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