The Japanese start-up company ispaceattempting the first commercial landing of a spacecraft, lost contact with it and the mission is believed to have failed, its president and CEO announced.

The mission’s unmanned spacecraft Hakuto-R Mission 1 (M1) it was scheduled to moonrise at 19.40 (Greece time) today. It had been launched in December from Cape Canaveral, Florida on a rocket from the private company SpaceX.

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According to the company, contact with him was lost at the time of the moon landing.

“We feel that we have not succeeded in landing on the moon,” said Takeshi Hakamada, the founder and chief executive of ispace. “Our engineers will continue to analyze the situation,” he added.

A successful landing of the M1 would be welcome news for Japanese space technology, which has experienced many setbacks in recent years. Tokyo has big ambitions and aims to send Japanese astronauts to the Moon by the end of the decade.