Astrobotic

We’re the Moon company and more. We’re in the business of delivering your scientific instruments, technologies, ideas, and innovations to space.

Created: 2018-11-22

Updated: 2023-12-28

Company - Astrobotic

Founded
Country
2008
USA
Funding
$215M
Website
Astrobotic
Social
Astrobotic

Product/Service - Peregrine, Griffin

Classification
Cargo Transportation & Landers
Category
Commercial Lunar Lander
Transport Service (LEO-Moon)
Commercial Lander
Fields
Moon
Status
Development
First launch
2024

Peregrine

Peregrine is our small-class lunar lander. It is poised to carry out the first commercial mission to the Moon, and be the first American spacecraft to land on the Moon since the Apollo program.

Awarded $79.5 million by NASA and has proposed to fly as many as 14 payloads to Lacus Mortis, a large crater on the near side of the Moon, by July 2021.

Bruno told reporters in a conference call that ULA is confident that both the launch vehicle and its first customer — Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander —  will be on the launch pad “by the end of next year.”

Griffin

Griffin is our medium-class lunar lander and was selected to deliver NASA’s water-hunting VIPER rover to the lunar south pole in 2023.

NASA awarded Astrobotic with nearly $200 million for launching the rover, called VIPER, and landing it near the moon’s south pole in late 2023.

News

Selected to develop and lead a new lunar payload delivery provider (commercial payload) service onboard the Dynetics Human Landing System (HLS).

Astrobotic and Lunar Logistics Services (LLS) announced they have been competitively selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) to fly an innovative landing sensor camera, called LandCam-X, to the Moon in 2024 on Astrobotic’s Griffin Mission One (GM1). This will be the first ever commercial delivery to the Moon contracted by ESA.

Product/Service - LunaGrid

Classification
Space Utilities
Category
Resources - Energy
Lunar Power Service
Fields
Moon
Status
Development
First launch
Not announced

LunaGrid is the first-ever commercial power service for the lunar surface. It will enable space agencies, companies, and nonprofit systems to survive the lunar night and operate indefinitely on the Moon.

LunaGrid can generate and distribute power by the watt to landers, rovers, astronaut habitats, science suites, and other lunar surface systems that require substantial, uninterrupted power. Designed to survive well beyond lunar night conditions (as low as -220 degrees C) and deliver power to lunar assets, LunaGrid will enable multi-year human and robotic operations on the Moon’s surface.

Astrobotic unveiled plans 2022 Sept. 19 to develop a commercial power service for the moon that the company argues is essential for creating long-term infrastructure on the lunar surface.

Redwire Corporation (NYSE:RDW), a leader in space infrastructure for the next generation space economy, announced in 2023 March that its Roll-Out Solar Array (ROSA) technology is being used by Astrobotic Technology for its Lunar Vertical Solar Array (VSAT) program. Astrobotic was awarded a contract from NASA in 2021 to create initial designs for vertical solar array technologies and a follow-on contract in 2022 to further advance VSAT systems.

NASA has selected 11 U.S. companies to develop technologies that will support long-term exploration on the Moon and in space under its sixth Tipping Point opportunity.

Westinghouse and Astrobotic Team to Power Outer Space with eVinci™ Microreactor Technology

Westinghouse Electric Company and Astrobotic announced in June 2023 the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to explore collaboration on space technology programs for NASA and the Department of Defense.

The collaboration will focus on the development of space nuclear technology and delivery systems. The joint effort will also include strengthening the space nuclear supply chain and workforce in the Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia region.

Last year, Westinghouse was awarded a NASA/DOE contract to provide an initial design concept for a fission lunar surface power system.

Westinghouse is developing a scaled-down version of the 5-MWe eVinci™ microreactor to power spacecraft in orbit or for deployment on the surface of planetary bodies such as the Moon or Mars, providing continuous power for space research and other applications. The inherent simplicity of the eVinci technology supports these critical space missions by providing a reliable, resilient, low-mass power generation system that can be operated autonomously. The technology is ideal for electricity generation for the lunar surface, satellites and electric propulsion.

Created: 2023-02-19

Updated: 2023-09-03

Product/Service

Classification
In-Space Manufacturing
Category
In-Space Manufacturing
Status
Concept
First launch
Not announced

Printing of solar cells on the lunar surface.

Created: 2023-02-19

Updated: 2023-09-03

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