Astrobotic is Going to Use a Vulcan Rocket For its Lunar Lander in 2021

Universe Today | 8/24/2019 | Staff
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In May of 2019, NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) selected Astrobotic to fulfill a contract to deliver 14 payloads to the Moon by 2021. The Pittsburg-based aerospace company plans to do this using their Peregrine Lander, a robotic lunar spacecraft that is capable of delivering payloads to the Moon for the competitive price of $1.2 million per kilogram (~$544,300 per lbs).

To get the Peregrine lander and NASA’s payloads to the Moon, Astrobiotic recently announced that it would be relying on United Launch Alliance (ULA) to provide launch services. ULA will do this using their next-generation heavy-lift launch system known as the Vulcan Centaur rocket, which will also be the inaugural launch of this new vehicle.

Astrobiotic - Contracts - NASA - Airbus - Defense

Since it was founded in 2007, Astrobiotic has executed over 30 contracts (some of which are ongoing) with NASA and Airbus Defense and Space. In addition, the company is an official partner with NASA’s Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown (CATALYST) Program and received corporate sponsorship from the German courier enterprise DHL.

But it is with this latest contract that Astrobiotic will be making history. The first launch will not only be the inaugural flight of the Vulcan Centaur rocket, it will also be the first time since the Apollo era that an American lunar lander has reached the Moon. Moreover, Astrobiotic and ULA will be facilitating NASA’s to return to the Moon as part of Project Artemis – which will send the first woman and next man to the Moon by 2024.

CEO - John - Thornton - Deal - Company

Astrobotic CEO, John Thornton, expressed the following about the deal his company secured in a recent ULA press statement:

“We are so excited to sign with ULA and fly Peregrine on Vulcan Centaur. This contract with ULA was the result of a highly competitive commercial process, and we are grateful to everyone involved...
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