Lunar Landing systems for oversized cargo & parcels at 70% discount.
Company - Lunar Cargo
Product/Service - OPLONAS, MACEDONAS
- Cargo Transportation & Landers
- Commercial Lunar Lander
- First launch
- Not announced
Two mechanical landing systems for the lunar surface. One is suitable for large payloads "OPLONAS" and one for small parcels "MACEDONAS".
Both systems have economies of scale. The bigger the better. And they can evolve to even more efficient systems. OPLONAS can evolve into two or three wheel spacecraft and eventually become human rated. MACEDONAS can evolve into electromagnetic catcher, like a reverse mass driver or reverse rail gun.
LUNAR CARGO project is finalist at the European INNOVATION IN SPACE AWARDS 2022.
OPLONAS (Oversized Payload Lander On Non-Atmospheric Somata)
OPLONAS is a wheel shaped spacecraft with 60 m diameter, that spins before landing to 8.62 rev / sec. It lands tangentially to the lunar surface at the west side of Oceanus Procellarum. The payload is contained in a rigid cylindrical core (the HUB), that also harnesses a flexile RIM. The rim maintains rigidity due to centrifugal forces.
The kinetic energy of OPLONAS dissipates due to roll friction. Once OPLONAS comes to rest its payload is extracted, the hub becomes a habitat and the flexible elements (Harnesses and RIM) are collected to be reused for constructing a MACEDONAS.
MACEDONAS (Momentum Absorption Catcher for Express Deliveries On Non-Atmospheric Somata).
MACEDONAS is a system for collecting parcels that are ejected from Low lunar orbiting spacecraft. Two poles placed on high grounds hold a net like a butterfly catcher. The catcher can trap incoming parcels. Then the catcher being connected to a flexible stem, and the stem to a "necklace", decelerates and steers the parcel to a safety net. Then teh MACEDONAS is reset to collect another parcel.
Considering that any lunar landing system of the past (but also of ARTEMIS) consists of two subsystems, the landing or descending part and the ascending element (which is the payload of the descending element) and further that the landing element is 70% of the total mass, it means that by eliminating the need to have a landing element we save 70% of the cost of landing.