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Astrobotic’s Peregrine Mission One (PM1) is poised to be the first commercial mission to land on another planetary body. With this flight, Astrobotic is opening the door to the next phase of space science, exploration, and commerce on the Moon and beyond. Peregrine will carry a diverse suite of scientific instruments, technologies, mementos, and other payloads from six different countries, dozens of science teams, and hundreds of individuals.
Astrobotic is leading the development of MoonRanger, a mid-sized lunar rover that will explore the lunar South Pole. MoonRanger will pioneer autonomous rover operations on the Moon, building high fidelity 3D maps of the lunar surface and demonstrating high- speed, long-range, and communication-denied exploration. It will also carry a Neutron Spectrometer System that will measure water ice on the lunar surface. MoonRanger is being developed in collaboration with subcontractor Carnegie Mellon University, and will be delivered to the Moon through the NASA CLPS* program.
*CLPS: Commercial Lunar Payload Services
Astrobotic’s Griffin Mission One (GM1) is a dedicated mission that will deliver NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) to the Moon in 2023. Griffin will land at the South Pole and deploy VIPER to conduct the first widespread ground truth measurements of lunar water ice. Such ice may one day be used for life support and propellant that could assist future deep space explorers. Some of the instruments on PM1 will be operated as a dress rehearsal for their use on VIPER. This GM1 contract was awarded under the NASA CLPS program.