Intuitive Machines

Payload sizes start at 21.5 kg for the smallest ISS deployed version.

Created: 2018-11-22

Updated: 2021-01-08

Company - Intuitive Machines

Founded
Country
2013
USA
Website
Intuitive Machines
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Intuitive Machines

Service - Nova-C, URV (Universal Re-entry Vechicle)

Classification
Commercial Lander
Category
Transport Service (Re-Entry)
Commercial Lunar Lander
Transport Service (LEO-Moon)
Status
3) Development
First launch
2021

Awarded $77 million by NASA. The company has proposed to fly as many as five payloads to Oceanus Procellarum, a scientifically intriguing dark spot on the Moon, by July 2021.

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.
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.”

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