Product/Service - Nova-C, URV (Universal Re-entry Vechicle)
- Cargo Transportation & Landers
- Commercial Lunar Lander
Transport Service (LEO-Moon)
In-Space Communications Relay
Transport Service (Re-Entry)
- First launch
With its ability to carry some 220 pounds of space instruments, Nova-C will be fitted with five NASA payloads for its journey. After arriving on the moon, the lander is expected to send data back to Earth for a period of 13.5 Earth days.
NASA has selected Intuitive Machines to deliver four science and technology demonstration payloads to Reiner Gamma on the Moon at the firm fixed price of $77,500,000. The near 100kg surface payload delivery mission is the Houston-based company’s third Moon contract award under NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative. The CLPS payloads will be incorporated into the already announced IM-3 commercial mission and fly on board a Nova-C lander.
Lunar Data Relay
IM selected a York Space Systems S-CLASS satellite with a lunar communications payload to launch on its upcoming IM-2 lunar South Pole mission scheduled for late 2022. The satellite will orbit the Moon to provide communications like a satellite that orbits Earth.
Data relay (KHoN)
All five of our Data Relay Satellites (Khon) utilize our rideshare services to place the satellites into a variety of orbits to support continuous data relay services of satellites in cislunar space and lunar surface systems. The Khon satellites are developed under contract with York Space Systems and are privately owned and operated by Intuitive Machines.
Our Lunar Data Network (LDN) is a private and secure network that supports missions and is evolving to meet future cislunar market needs. Offered commercially, LDN supports line-of-sight and data relay services for spacecraft in cislunar space and systems on the lunar surface. Our secure, interoperable LDN comprises of Nova Control, global ground stations, base-band units installed at each ground station, and lunar data relay satellites starting in 2023.
Universal Re-entry Vehicle (URV)
Payload sizes start at 21.5 kg for the smallest ISS deployed version.
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Getting to space should be easy and custom-tailored to fit your needs. Our lunar transfer orbit delivery services can accommodate up to 1000 kg of payload and deliver customers into a myriad of high-energy orbits. We launch payloads for deployment after launch vehicle separation and from the steadfast platform of our landers in lunar orbit.
Product/Service - Micro-Nova
- Surface Spacecraft
- First launch
Drone / Hopper
Intuitive Machines won the largest of those awards for development of a “hopper” that can carry a one-kilogram payload up to 2.5 kilometers across the lunar surface. “That’s going to give us high-resolution mapping of maybe volatiles on the surface of the moon,” Bridenstine said. “It’s going to help us understand how to pinpoint very precise landing spots on the surface of the moon.”
We meet the demands of science and technology by providing extreme lunar mobility with µNova (Micro Nova) Hopper.
- µNova is a propulsive drone that deploys off of a Nova-C lander and hops across the lunar surface on our IM-2 mission.
- The µNova Hopper can accommodate up to 1 kg of science payloads and expand the exploration footprint to 25 km from the initial landing location.
- µNova can also hop into and out of permanently shaded regions (PSR), providing a first look into undiscovered areas that may provide the critical science needed to sustain a human presence on the Moon.
With landing gear, Micro-Nova is about 76.2-centimeters in length, width, and height, which is roughly the size of five one-dollar bills. Intuitive Machines engineers will mount Micro-Nova on a nearly four-meter Nova-C lander, which is about the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. Nova-C will deliver Micro-Nova to the lunar south pole in December 2022.
On July 16, 2021, NASA and Intuitive Machines finalized a $41.6 million Tipping Point contract to develop, fly, and operate a deployable “hopper lander” on the Moon. For this mission design, Micro-Nova can carry a 1-kilogram payload more than 2.5 kilometers to access lunar craters and enable high-resolution surveying of the lunar surface under the flight path.
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