LPDS recognised as service partner by ESA
Space Applications Services is pleased to partner with Intuitive Machines (Houston, USA) to provide the Lunar Payload Delivery Service (LPDS), delivering payloads to trans-lunar injection (TLI), lunar orbit, lunar surface and providing on surface mobility.
After successfully completing ESA’s pilot phase, the Lunar Payload Delivery Service (LPDS) provided by Space Applications Services and Intuitive Machines is now recognised as a service partner by ESA.
The service may be contacted at ESA’s BSGN website https://bsgn.esa.int/service/lunar-payload-delivery-service/
The service delivers satellites to lunar transfer orbit, lunar orbit and payloads to the lunar surface (landed and mobile payloads). Annual delivery services are scheduled with the first by end of 2023.
The LPDS has an annual annual flight cadence, offers payload design and development support for payloads headed to any location on the lunar surface, with traverse planning for the chosen location.
Delivery is made by the NOVA-C Lander has a payload capacity of 130kg, and the ability to deploy 375kg at 100km circular lunar orbit. NOVA-C can also deploy up to 1,000kg into a 185km x 380,000km TLI orbit. LUVMI-X provides mobility on the lunar surface, with maximum payload mass of 25-40kg depending on configuration and destination.
Space Applications Services Managing Director Richard Aked notes, “We are very pleased and excited to announce this partnership with Intuitive Machines ready to meet the demands of delivering lunar exploration services.”
For more information: www.spaceapplications.com/products/lunar-payload-delivery-service
About LUVMI-X: www.spaceapplications.com/products/lunar-rover-luvmi-x
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