Company - Interorbital Systems
Product/Service - LunarStation
- Cargo Transportation & Landers
- Commercial Lander
Commercial Lunar Lander
- First launch
- Not announced
LunarStation: Lunar Soft-Landing Bus (LSLB)
Interorbital is developing a Commercial Lunar Payload Soft–Landing System
- A simple low-cost Lunar-Lander design.
- Utilizes a well-tested airbag landing system.
- Mass small enough to launched to the Lunar surface by Interorbital’s SCEPTRE launch vehicle.
- 40-kg (88.2-lbs) payload to Lunar surface.
- A single dedicated payload (all 40-kg) to the Lunar Surface will cost $6 million or $150,000 per kilogram.
- For multiple payloads from multiple customers, a power and transmitter distribution bus will support up to four payloads
- Up to four shared payloads or a single payload can be accommodated, with a maximum payload capacity is 44.1-lbs (20.0-kg) to the Lunar surface.
- The soft-landing system relies on airbags to cushion the impact. This method was successfully applied by the Russian Luna 9 lander (in 1966, Luna 9 was the first spacecraft to soft-land on the Moon) and the American Mars Pathfinder.
- The IOS soft-landing system uses a solid rocket motor to slow the LunarStation before it is jettisoned for an airbag-assisted landing on the Moon. It bounces to a stop on the Lunar surface with its airbag deceleration system, deflates its airbags, opens its petals, and activates its payload(s).
- On-board features include solar power, communications, and ports for one or more customer payloads (customers can share the on-board power and communication systems). Interorbital's LunarStation can carry payloads to the surface of the Moon for the lowest cost in the world.