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马斯滕 空间 Systems Will Deliver NASA and Commercial Payloads to the Lunar Surface in 2022

马斯滕’s XL-1 lunar lander will deliver science and technology payloads to the Moon’s South Pole in 2022. Image courtesy of 马斯滕 空间 Systems.

NASA和Masten 空间 Systems于2020年4月8日宣布,商业登月有效载荷服务(CLPS)项目办公室已选择Masten在2022年12月之前向月球表面交付一套由NASA赞助的科学仪器。除了商业有效载荷外,Masten的XL -1月球着陆器将在此7590万美元的奖励下,向月球南极进行9个科学技术演示实验。作为Artemis计划的一部分,这些实验的目的是在人类执行对月球的任务之前,整理来自月球极地的本地化并发数据集。

首席执行官肖恩·马奥尼(Sean Mahoney)说:“马斯滕很高兴能将NASA作为我们的主要客户。” “随着我们与世界其他地区一样,在这个艰难的时期内努力确保员工和家人的安全,我们很高兴看到美国重返月球,太空贸易向前发展。”

马斯滕 will also provide end-to-end commercial payload services between the Earth and the lunar surface for all of the NASA-sponsored payloads. This includes operations associated with the launch vehicle, launch site, spacecraft, lander mission design and analysis, ground systems, payload integration, planning and support, and post-landing payload operations.

“Masten’s XL-1 lunar lander is built on over a decade of experience in vertical takeoff and vertical landing technology (VTVL) with a focus on reusability,” explained Founder and CTO David 马斯滕. “We’re grateful for all the partners and customers who have worked with our team to perform hundreds of successful rocket landings. This experience has helped us develop the enabling technology of entry descent and landing that will ensure precise and safe landings on other celestial bodies.”

马斯滕’s XL-1 lunar lander is directly evolved from the Xombie and Xoie landers which won the 美国宇航局百年诺斯罗普·格鲁曼公司月球着陆器X奖挑战赛 in 2009. 马斯滕’s 600+ VTVL rocket flights and years of working closely with NASA under the Lunar CATALYST program have laid the groundwork for mission success. In addition to the 80 kg of NASA science experiments, the XL-1 lunar lander will have hundreds of kilograms of additional capacity available, allowing 马斯滕 to provide reliable and affordable access to the lunar surface for industry, governments, and scientists.

美国宇航局局长吉姆·布莱登斯汀说:“根据我们的阿耳NAS弥斯计划,我们将与全美国一起登月。” “商业行业对于实现我们对月球探索的愿景至关重要。在执行载人飞行任务之前,我们向月球表面发送的科学技术将帮助我们比以往更好地了解月球环境。这些CLPS交付是我们进行尖端科学工作和支持人类对月球探索的工作的最前沿。我很高兴欢迎我们的另一家创新公司加入该小组,他们准备尽快将我们的有效载荷运送到月球。”

马斯滕’s additional capacity on its first mission to the Moon provides opportunities for commercial partners to access the resource-rich lunar south pole. If your company is interested in sending a payload to the Moon, you can learn more at www.MastenMoon.com。 

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