SpaceX is targeting Sunday, December 11 for a Falcon 9 launch of ispace’s HAKUTO-R Mission 1 – the first privately-led Japanese mission to land on the lunar surface – from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Also onboard this mission is NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Lunar Flashlight. The instantaneous launch window is at 2:38 a.m. ET (07:38 UTC), and a backup opportunity is available on Monday, December 12 at 2:31 a.m. ET (07:31 UTC).
The first stage booster supporting this mission previously launched SES-22 and three Starlink missions. Following stage separation, the first stage will land on Landing Zone 2 (LZ-2) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.