Concept design of a Moon Rover by White Label Space
Hakuto(ハクト?) or formerly White Label Space(ホワイトレーベルスペース?) was formed in early 2008 by a group of experienced space professionals inspired by the challenge of the Google Lunar X PRIZE. Hakuto is named after the white rabbit in Japanese mythology. The team aims to finance its Google Lunar X PRIZE mission from advertising expenditure of large global companies.[full citation needed]
In 2008, White Label Space was founded in the Netherlands. In 2009, the team registered with the Google Lunar X PRIZE. On September 10, 2010 the team also established White Label Space Japan LLC, a Limited Liability Company registered in Japan.[full citation needed] On June 11, 2012, it was decided to name unit 2 Rover prototype (PM-2) "White Rabbit" (「はくと」). On January 30, 2013, it was announced that the team relocated its operating headquarters from the Netherlands to Japan. The change included a change of leadership from Steve Allen to co-founder Takeshi Hakamada, who has been leading operations in Japan. On July 15, 2013 the team officially changed the team name to Hakuto (「ハクト」). On December 4, 2013, the team successfully crowd-funded the development of unit 3 Rover prototype (PM-3). On February 19, 2014, Hakuto was nominated to the Milestone Prize, as one of five teams, in the mobility subsystem section.
The team is based in Japan and is led by Takeshi Hakamada. Lead engineer is Kazuya Yoshida, a professor of Aerospace Engineering at Tohoku University in Japan. Hakuto is operated by ispace Inc. and is supported by the Space Robotics Lab of Tohoku University.
Advanced Operations and Engineering Services (AOES Group BV) - an international engineering services and consultancy provider providing specialist support for design and analysis tasks related to the structures, thermal and propulsion subsystems of the Lander and Rover
The Swiss Propulsion Laboratory - developing a low-cost engine for the landing stage of the White Label Space mission using its in-house rocket motor test bench
Tohoku University Space Robotics Laboratory - designing the Moon rover for the mission
Airborne Composites BV - a developer of advanced composite products and technologies for space and other industries, and will provide lightweight high performance composite structures for the mission
Emxys - a designer and manufacturer of instrumentation and control embedded electronic systems for science and industry markets