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Offline TrevorMonty

Intuitive Machines
« on: 10/16/2020 06:32 pm »

http://www.parabolicarc.com/2020/10/14/nasa-tipping-point-selections-include-cryogenic-fluid-lunar-surface-and-landing-tech/

Intuitive Machines of Houston, $41.6 million
Develop a small, deployable hopper lander capable of carrying a 2.2-pound (1-kilogram) payload more than 1.5 miles (2.5 kilometers). This hopper could access lunar craters and enable high-resolution surveying of the lunar surface over a short distance.

A small light hopper would open up lot of exciting missions. Ideal for exploring lunar caves. Larger ones can help setup and service mining operations in craters.

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Re: Intuitive Machines
« Reply #1 on: 10/16/2020 11:36 pm »
Yes... and they got the contract to fly the PRIME mission to the south pole in 2022, testing instruments for VIPER.  Their second CLPS flight and the second polar mission in 2022 after Masten's (I don't know which will launch first).

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Re: Intuitive Machines
« Reply #2 on: 10/17/2020 12:25 am »
NASA Selects Intuitive Machines to Deliver Lunar Ice Drill in 2022

Houston – NASA has selected Intuitive Machines to deliver the Polar Resources Ice Mining Experiment (PRIME-1) drill, combined with a mass spectrometer, to the Moon by December 2022. The ice drilling mission is the Houston-based company’s second Moon contract award under NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative.

“Laying the foundation to return humans to the Moon is an incredible honor and even greater challenge,” said Steve Altemus, President and CEO of Intuitive Machines. “At Intuitive Machines, we’re hungry for the pursuit of these audacious missions that will redefine what a small business is capable of.”

Intuitive Machines, a leading provider and supplier of space products and services, will deliver the approximately 88-pound payload to the Moon’s South Pole as a precursor to the TRIDENT drill and the MSOLO that will fly on VIPER, a mobile robot that will search for water and ice at the Moon’s South Pole.

PRIME-1 will drill into the lunar surface, harvest and bring ice to the Moon’s surface, and use a mass spectrometer to measure how much is lost to sublimination as it turns from solid into vapor in a vacuum. The data from the PRIME-1 mission will help scientists understand how VIPER can search for water at the Moon’s pole, and how much water may be available to use as NASA plans to establish a sustainable human presence on the Moon by the end of the decade.

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Re: Intuitive Machines
« Reply #3 on: 10/17/2020 12:28 am »
Nova-C launch thread

Intuitive Machines selects SpaceX to launch Nova-C to the Moon in 2021 on a Falcon 9 rocket.
Oct 2, 2019

Houston-based Intuitive Machines selected SpaceX to launch its lunar lander, Nova-C, to the Moon in 2021 on a Falcon 9 rocket.

“Intuitive Machines is thrilled to sign with SpaceX to take Nova-C on its first mission to the moon,” said Intuitive Machines President and CEO, Steve Altemus. “SpaceX’s ability to make low-cost quality lunar transport is paramount to completing NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract and Intuitive Machines becoming the first commercial company to land on the Moon.”

NASA awarded Intuitive Machines the first mission task order under the CLPS contract, May 31, 2019. It calls for Intuitive Machines to develop, launch and land Nova-C on the lunar surface with a payload of NASA-provided instruments that will conduct science investigations and demonstrate advanced technologies on the lunar surface.

Intuitive Machines reviewed proposals from multiple launch providers and ultimately selected SpaceX for its proven record of reliability and outstanding value.

Nova-C will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

“We’re honored that Intuitive Machines selected Falcon 9, SpaceX’s tried and true workhorse, for this pioneering mission to the Moon, said Gwynne Shotwell, president of SpaceX. “Our partnership with Intuitive Machines is a great example of two private companies working together with NASA to advance space exploration.”

About Nova-C

Powered by the liquid methane main engine, Nova-C can deliver at least 220 pounds of space technology and instrumentation cargo to anywhere on the lunar surface. On its maiden mission in 2021, Nova-C will carry 5 NASA CLPS payloads to the lunar surface and transmit scientific data back to Earth during 13.5 days of activity on the moon. Intuitive Machines is in the process of adding additional payloads from other customers to the 2021 mission to fill out the available cargo manifest.

Our Nova-C lunar lander draws direct heritage and lessons learned from NASA’s Project M lunar lander and Project Morpheus experience. Project M and its terrestrial counterpart, Project Morpheus, were designed, developed and tested by NASA JSC engineers demonstrate new technologies for planetary landing included autonomous hazard avoidance, precision landing, and high performance cryogenic liquid Oxygen (LOX) and liquid Methane (LCH4) integrated propulsion. Core Morpheus lander team members left government service and founded Intuitive Machines.

About Intuitive Machines

Founded in 2013, Intuitive Machines was formed from practical experience in large complex space systems development. The people of Intuitive Machines blend deep technical knowledge with practices honed over 40 years of human spaceflight; practices in risk-based decisionmaking, redundancy management, fault tolerance and isolation, safety, reliability, maintainability, verification testing, and operations.

Intuitive Machines Video Links

Nova-C LEO to lunar surface video:
Nova-C mockup video:
Nova-C main engine test fire video:
Nova-C Hot Fire Number 8 video:

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Re: Intuitive Machines
« Reply #4 on: 11/11/2020 10:57 pm »
See below:

Lunar Telescope Planned to Eye Milky Way Galaxy Center:
http://www.leonarddavid.com/lunar-telescope-planned-to-eye-milky-way-galaxy-center/

Quote from: Leonard David
A telescope is on tap for the Moon’s Schroter’s Valley and aims to capture images of the Milky Way Galaxy Center from the lunar surface.

The International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA Hawaii) has contracted Intuitive Machines of Houston Texas to fly its ILO-X payload on the IM-1 Nova-C lander mission set to launch in the fourth quarter of 2021 on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

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Re: Intuitive Machines
« Reply #5 on: 01/13/2021 02:01 pm »
Quote from: Michael Sheetz
Intuitive Machines selects SpaceX to launch its IM-2 Polar Moon mission no earlier than 2022 using a Falcon 9 rocket:

https://7c27f7d6-4a0b-4269-aee9-80e85c3db26a.usrfiles.com/ugd/7c27f7_d4e8fd8ca00244ef9d28ab1dbcf68bd5.pdf

https://twitter.com/thesheetztweetz/status/1349365747982737409
« Last Edit: 01/13/2021 02:02 pm by yg1968 »

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Re: Intuitive Machines
« Reply #6 on: 02/22/2021 05:17 pm »

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Re: Intuitive Machines
« Reply #7 on: 03/24/2021 11:10 pm »
See below:

Quote from: Space Australia
@CSIRO & @Int_Machines have just signed a 5-yr contract — to use the iconic Parkes radio telescope for upcoming exploration Moon missions as part of @NASA's CLPS starting late 2021.

https://spaceaustralia.com/news/parkes-radio-telescope-assist-commercial-lunar-missions

https://twitter.com/Int_Machines/status/1374832142178484229
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Re: Intuitive Machines
« Reply #9 on: 04/28/2021 06:59 pm »
Quote from: Space News
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.

https://bit.ly/3vuDORA

https://twitter.com/SpaceNews_Inc/status/1387477728388075529
« Last Edit: 04/28/2021 07:03 pm by yg1968 »

Re: Intuitive Machines
« Reply #10 on: 06/04/2021 05:54 pm »
Here are some pretty detailed reports from IM's dismissed STA application from the FCC. Looks like they are going with a part 25 commercial license instead of something like this part 5 STA
ODAR: https://apps.fcc.gov/els/GetAtt.html?id=265886&x=.
Mission Summary: https://apps.fcc.gov/els/GetAtt.html?id=266519&x=.
Nova-C to LTN to Nova Control Communication System Description, Interface Control and Requirements Document: https://apps.fcc.gov/els/GetAtt.html?id=265838&x=.

There's really enough information here to be able to demodulate and decode their telemetry stream if anyone has the antennas up for it

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Re: Intuitive Machines
« Reply #11 on: 06/06/2021 01:34 pm »
There's really enough information here to be able to demodulate and decode their telemetry stream if anyone has the antennas up for it

As they also state that all of the data will also be encrypted, I wouldn't put the effort in it.

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Re: Intuitive Machines
« Reply #12 on: 07/23/2021 04:00 am »
Lunar Outpost's Rover Mission to the Moon Is a Go:
https://www.einnews.com/pr_news/546950775/lunar-outpost-s-rover-mission-to-the-moon-is-a-go

Quote from: the press release
In late 2022, an Intuitive Machines Nova-C lander will carry several payloads, including a Nokia LTE/4G communications system to the lunar South Pole. This system will allow the Nova-C lander to provide a wireless communications network on the lunar surface and act as a communications gateway to Earth. Nova-C will also carry Lunar Outpost’s M1 Mobile Autonomous Prospecting Platform (MAPP) rover, equipped with Nokia’s LTE/4G user equipment and deployable antennas. Once on the lunar surface, MAPP will drive off the lander, entering an extremely compelling and demanding lunar environment to study the capabilities of Nokia’s lunar LTE/4G communications system. Over the course of its 12-day mission, MAPP will traverse the lunar surface and enable Nokia to collect performance data on its LTE/4G system.
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Re: Intuitive Machines
« Reply #13 on: 07/23/2021 04:16 am »
https://www.intuitivemachines.com/post/intuitive-machines-and-nasa-finalize-contract-for-extreme-lunar-mobility-spacecraft
Intuitive Machines is building NASA a mini extreme mobility lunar vehicle. Micro-Nova will hop around the Moon’s surface and take the first-ever pictures inside craters on the lunar south pole.


On July 16, 2021, NASA and Intuitive Machines finalized a $41.6 million Tipping Point contract to develop, fly, and operate a deployable “hopper lander” on the Moon. For this mission design, Micro-Nova can carry a 1-kilogram payload more than 2.5 kilometers to access lunar craters and enable high-resolution surveying of the lunar surface under the flight path.
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Re: Intuitive Machines
« Reply #15 on: 04/20/2022 04:28 pm »
Quote from: Lonestar Press Release
SAVING EARTH'S DATA ONE BYTE AT A TIME

Lonestar contracts with Intuitive Machines and Skycorp to bring key data storage and edge processing infrastructure to the world from the Moon.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., April 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Lonestar Data Holdings Inc. announced today that it is launching a series of data centers to the lunar surface and has contracted for its first two missions to the lunar surface and for the build of its first data services payload, the first data center to the Moon.

The VC funded startup is revolutionizing data services and communications from Earth's largest satellite, the Moon, by providing a platform for critical data infrastructure, and edge processing, further leveraging its ITU spectrum filings to enable broadband communications. 

Lonestar sees the Moon as the ideal location to serve the premium segment of the $200 billion global data storage industry while addressing key environmental and growing biosphere concerns triggered by the increasing growth of data centers around the world.

"Data is the greatest currency created by the human race," said Chris Stott, Founder of Lonestar. "We are dependent upon it for nearly everything we do and it is too important to us as a species to store in Earth's ever more fragile biosphere. Earth's largest satellite, our Moon, represents the ideal place to safely store our future."

Following the success of the company's groundbreaking edge data center test on the ISS in December 2021, working with Canonical and Redwire, Lonestar is now pressing ahead with the first of its lunar data centers.

Lonestar has contracted to perform a series of advanced service tests on Intuitive Machines' IM-1 mission, which is headed near Marius Hills in the larger Oceanus Procellarum, and then to fly their first full data services payload on Intuitive Machine's IM-2 to the lunar pole. Lonestar has also made the necessary spectrum filings for its missions from the ITU with the Moon as their focus.

"Our turnkey solution for delivering, communicating, and commanding customer payloads on and around the Moon is revolutionary," said Steve Altemus, President, and CEO of Intuitive Machines." Adding Lonestar Data Holdings and other commercial payloads to our lunar missions are critical steps toward Intuitive Machines creating and defining the lunar economy.

​The build of the first ever data center payload for Lonestar's proof-of-concept service has been contracted with Skycorp.

"Skycorp is pleased to be able to provide our advanced multi-core RISC-V in space server architecture to the forward thinking team at Lonestar," said Dennis Wingo, CEO and Founder of Skycorp. "Our system is currently operating as the world's first web server on the International Space Station and we look forward to supporting Lonestar in their groundbreaking Lunar application next year."

Founded by Chris Stott, former CEO of ManSat, Mark Matossian, previously CEO of Iceye US and Head of Data Center Hardware Manufacturing at Google, Carol Goldstein, former ABN AMRO and Morgan Stanley banker, and Del Smith, former Senior Space Business Counsel at Dentons, Lonestar draws from a deep well of experienced leaders from both cloud and space industries.

Lonestar is a rapidly growing VC funded lunar startup. The company's Seed round is being led by Scout Ventures, and has been joined by Seldor Capital and 2 Future Holding.

​Believing both form and function are important as the world's data takes this next giant leap, Lonestar is also working with world renowned architectural firm, BIG, for the exterior design of their first lunar data center.

​Media Inquiries:

Jennifer Thompson

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About Lonestar - Saving Earth's Data One Byte at a Time

Lonestar Data Holdings Inc. (Lonestar®), headquartered in St Petersburg's Maritime and Defense Technology Hub, has been founded by a proven team of experts from the Cloud and Space verticals to pioneer a future for data at the edge for all of us. Lonestar is fueled by remarkable and visionary investors led by Scout Ventures, Seldor Capital, and 2 Future Holding.

https://www.lonestarlunar.com/press-releases
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Re: Intuitive Machines
« Reply #16 on: 04/20/2022 06:04 pm »
Struggling to see business case for Lonestar lunar data centre. If it pays for more lunar lander missions then I'm all for it.


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Re: Intuitive Machines
« Reply #18 on: 05/10/2022 04:05 pm »
News from the current Lunar Surface Science Workshop just a few minutes ago: Lunar Flashlight, bumped from Artemis-1 as not ready in time, is now manifested as a secondary payload on IM-1 in the 4th quarter of this year.  Stated by Barbara Cohen, who should know.

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Re: Intuitive Machines
« Reply #19 on: 05/10/2022 06:56 pm »
News from the current Lunar Surface Science Workshop just a few minutes ago: Lunar Flashlight, bumped from Artemis-1 as not ready in time, is now manifested as a secondary payload on IM-1 in the 4th quarter of this year.  Stated by Barbara Cohen, who should know.
Amusingly. Lunar Flashlight might get to the Moon before Artemis I fly.

It helps using a reputable flight proven launcher. :)

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