Intuitive Machines confirmed plans Wednesday to launch a commercial lunar lander aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Florida’s Space Coast in 2021 on a mission to deliver multiple payloads to the moon, including up to five science instruments for NASA.The Houston-based company’s first robotic Nova-C lander will carry up to 220 pounds, or 100 kilograms, of payloads to the moon’s surface. Launch and landing are scheduled for July 2021, according to Trent Martin, vice president of aerospace systems at Intuitive Machines....The Nova-C lander will likely launch on a rideshare mission with other spacecraft on the same Falcon 9 rocket, Martin said.“They don’t specify it in that way, but essentially, we’re a primary (payload),” Martin said. “The reason it’s a rideshare is we weigh 1,700 kilograms (about 3,750 pounds), so they have remaining mass available.”...“Depending on their rideshare, they could have someone that goes to GTO and we can do our own TLI, or there’s a possibility they could throw us (directly toward the moon), so we’re protecting for both,” Martin said Wednesday.
In the Third Row Tesla Podcast Part 2 Elon mentions an upcoming retrograde launch. Any idea what that would be?
"How it would look like if SpaceX launch everything form the same pad with 10-15 day intervals"
Finnish startup Aurora Propulsion Technologies signed a contract at the SmallSat Symposium to fly a deorbiting technology demonstration on a Momentus Space Vigoride mission.Aurora plans to send a 1.5-unit cubesat into orbit on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in December 2020 before riding with Momentus’ Vigoride service to sun-synchronous orbit.
It seems Momentus moved their payload from a Starlink rideshare to the December SSO rideshare.
ELaNa 35Date: October 20, 2020Mission: Space X-21 – Falcon 9, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL1 CubeSat Mission scheduled to be deployed PTD-1 - NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California
2020-late (NET) F9 . . USAF GPS III-5 MEO 4400 C...2021 F9 . . USAF GPS III-6 MEO 4400 C
Quote2020-late (NET) F9 . . USAF GPS III-5 MEO 4400 C...2021 F9 . . USAF GPS III-6 MEO 4400 CThese two starts are not in the SpaceX launch manifest.Are these just options?https://www.spacex.com/missionsTried to search the forum. The search is annoying.
The contract value mysteriously increased by $90M at some point early on, and currently it shows $193M of $387M being obligated.
Quote from: GWR64 on 02/23/2020 06:15 pmQuote2020-late (NET) F9 . . USAF GPS III-5 MEO 4400 C...2021 F9 . . USAF GPS III-6 MEO 4400 CThese two starts are not in the SpaceX launch manifest.Are these just options?https://www.spacex.com/missionsTried to search the forum. The search is annoying.It's hard to tell what's actually been exercised. The contract value mysteriously increased by $90M at some point early on, and currently it shows $193M of $387M being obligated. The GPS III-5 launch is supposed to be late this year and they haven't awarded it to anyone else. I'm assuming both of those options are being exercised just based on their subsequent behavior.
One of the largest single items is $255 million to launch two GPS 3 satellites that already are in production at Lockheed Martin’s assembly line but whose launches have not been funded. The Space Force would use this money to launch the sixth and seventh satellites of the GPS 3 constellation. Two spacecraft are already on orbit and three more are expected to launch in 2020 and early 2021.