NASA welcomes Intuitive Machines into its next Moon missions with an awarded contract unveiled by the space agency on May the 31st. The organization will join NASA’s new eon of missions to the Moon with a robotic docking on the lunar surface in 2021.
The stable contract with a fixed-price for no more than $77,247,500 and an extra incentive of $2,500,000 needs Intuitive Machine to create, launch and land its Nova-C space probe on the Moon’s surface with a cargo of NASA and private experiments. This expedition will be the first under NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program. The contract takes Intuitive Machine to the aim of becoming the first private American companies to dock a spacecraft on the lunar surface.
Steve Altemus, CEO of Intuitive Machines, said that they have an incredible fascination with space and exploration. Their expertise in developing independent systems, precision navigation, and cryogenic propulsion connects perfectly with the dare of landing Nova-C on the lunar surface. In the first expedition, they will offer lunar science cargo delivery and technology advancement for NASA, academia, and their partner Boeing, he added.
Intuitive Machines and NASA to collaborate for the future Moon missions
Intuitive Machines lunar cargo and delivery service business contain three sized landers, small, medium and large, and also the development of lunar foundation that will make way for planetary expeditions. The 2021 Nova-C expedition will contain a cargo capacity of 220 pounds (100 kilograms) and broadcast scientific evidence back to the ground stations in the time of its 13.5 days of enterprise on the Moon.
Nova-C has first-in-class, deep-throttling liquid oxygen and methane motor that differs in scale depending on the lander’s size. The company behind the spacecraft is attempting to make possible space missions beyond the Moon with its enhancement and exertion of cryogenic propellants able to be stored in space.
Intuitive Machines was founded by Dr. Kam Ghaffarian, Steve Altemus, and Dr. Tim Crain back in 2013. The company was constructed from deep practical experience in the creation of highly intricate space systems.