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SpaceX FH : Astrobotic Lunar Lander : 2026
« on: 04/25/2023 01:04 pm »
Discussion Thread for Astrobotic’s 3rd lunar lander mission (2nd with SpaceX).

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https://twitter.com/sciguyspace/status/1650847888916791298

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Astrobotic, which is launching its debut lander on Vulcan, said today it is purchasing a Falcon Heavy for its third lander mission to the Moon. This mission will launch an Astrobotic lander to the Moon’s South Pole in 2026.



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Re: SpaceX FH : Astrobiotic Lunar Lander : 2026
« Reply #1 on: 04/25/2023 01:22 pm »
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1650852389828558848

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Astrobotic said it announced the contract today during the spring Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium (LSIC) meeting, but today's sessions have yet to start. There is a CLPS panel later today; hopefully that is webcast in the interest of avoiding "poor/restricted communications"

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Re: SpaceX FH : Astrobiotic Lunar Lander : KSC LC-39A 2026
« Reply #2 on: 04/25/2023 02:04 pm »
https://www.astrobotic.com/astrobotic-purchases-falcon-heavy-launch-services/

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ASTROBOTIC PURCHASES FALCON HEAVY LAUNCH SERVICES
PRESS RELEASE 04 | 25 | 23

Laurel, Maryland – Astrobotic announced today during the spring Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium (LSIC) its purchase of launch services aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket for its third upcoming lander mission to the Moon. This mission will launch an Astrobotic lander to the Moon’s South Pole in 2026 to deliver payload customer instruments and cargo from around the world. 

The lunar south pole is an area of increasing interest and planned activity, and Astrobotic is rising to meet the demand for missions to this key destination with the purchase of a Falcon Heavy to deliver medium-class payloads.

“The NASA Artemis program is a major effort to establish a U.S. presence at the lunar south pole, and at the same time, international customers are also lining up plans to pioneer new science, exploration, and commercial activities within this region as well,” said Astrobotic CEO, John Thornton.  “With all this rising interest, we felt now is the time to announce our next commercial mission to deliver hundreds of kilograms of payload to the lunar south pole.”

This next mission lands at an area of intense interest for science instruments, technology demonstrators, rovers, power systems, and other infrastructure. Astrobotic plans to carry lunar surface payloads, as well as offer satellite deployments for those looking to deploy to other destinations in cislunar space.

“This third mission represents our next step toward making the Moon an accessible destination for those who have sophisticated, long term plans for the south pole,” said Thornton.

Astrobotic’s third lunar mission is targeted to launch in 2026 aboard a Falcon Heavy from SpaceX’s facilities in Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
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Re: SpaceX FH : Astrobiotic Lunar Lander : 2026
« Reply #3 on: 04/09/2024 02:34 pm »
Next Step Toward The Moon: LZH And TU Berlin Partner With Astrobotic

https://twitter.com/astrobotic/status/1777687171832390035

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Pittsburgh, PA – April 9, 2024 – Astrobotic is partnering on MOONRISE, a project in which researchers are working to bring 3D printing to the Moon. Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V. (LZH) has contracted with Astrobotic for a flight to the Moon, set to take place in late 2026.

“I am excited to announce our partnership with Astrobotic, a key player in space technology. We are thrilled to have found a partner with whom we can, in the most literal sense of the word, elevate this great project,” says LZH’s CEO, Dr. Dietmar Kracht. Astrobotic is a lunar logistics company that provides end-to-end delivery services for payloads to the Moon, for both commercial and scientific purposes. The company secured the contract through a competitive selection process.

“The MOONRISE team is testing a key technology for future activity on the Moon, and we are grateful to be competitively selected for the delivery of their payload.  MOONRISE is a great example of the kinds of new ideas, new science demonstrations, and new countries that can make use of our lander delivery services to advance their own planned contributions to the burgeoning lunar economy,” says Dan Hendrickson, Vice President of Business Development for Astrobotic.

First steps to 3D Printing on the Moon with Laser and AI

LZH plans to equip Astrobotic’s lander with a compact, sturdy laser as payload. This laser will melt lunar dust, known as regolith, creating 2D structures on the lunar surface. A camera will capture the process, enabling researchers on Earth to analyze it through an intelligent image processing system. Artificial intelligence (AI) will not only help to find a suitable location on the lunar surface for laser melting, it shall also enable quality control of the printed structures.

As the project gears up for its lunar mission in two years, LZH continues its research on Earth in collaboration with project partner TU Berlin, focusing on optimizing the laser melting process. Researchers are experimenting with synthetic regolith produced by TU Berlin and train the AI for lunar deployment.

Vision: 3D-printed Moon Base

In the MOONRISE project, LZH and TU Berlin researchers are exploring ways to manufacture infrastructure on the Moon using available materials. Transporting materials from Earth to the Moon is expensive with prices of up to one million dollars per kilogram. Directly creating landing sites, roads or buildings from lunar dust could therefore significantly reduce costs. The experiment aims to provide proof of concept that laser melting is viable on the Moon.

Launch date now late 2026.

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