Payload sizes start at 21.5 kg for the smallest ISS deployed version.
Service - Nova-C, URV (Universal Re-entry Vechicle)
- Commercial Lander
- Transport Service (Re-Entry)
Commercial Lunar Lander
Transport Service (LEO-Moon)
In-Space Communications Relay
- 3) Development
- First launch
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.
The first lunar lander mission by Intuitive Machines, which had been scheduled for launch late this year, has been delayed to early 2022 by its launch provider, SpaceX.
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.”
Intuitive Machines Selects SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket for Second Moon Mission. IM-2 Polar Mission will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket no earlier than 2022.
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.
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