SpaceX will send a light to the moon in 2023

SpaceX will send a light to the moon in 2023

Firelfly Aerospace chose SpaceX to launch its Blue Ghost landing platform on the Moon in 2023, where the machine will unload a dozen useful goods for NASA.

Last February, NASA offered Firefly Aerospace to deliver 10 research payloads to the Moon in 2023 as part of the commercial lunar services programme.

Ten instruments include a probe to measure the heat flow of the moon ' s subsoil and an X-ray device to investigate the interaction of the Earth ' s magnetosphere with the solar wind, and it will also test several technologies, including a radiation-resistant computer system and an experiment to test the use of GPS signals at lunar distances.

A total of 94 kilograms will be delivered on the Sea of Crises, north-east of the Sea of Calm, by a landing vehicle called Blue Ghost, named after a rare species of fireflies, the question being who will bring the launcher into the lunar orbit.

Firelfly Aerospace is developing its own launch vehicle called Alpha, but this missile will not be strong enough to deliver Blue Ghost to the Moon, so the company had to turn to another supplier, and, to great surprise, it chose Falcon 9 SpaceX.

"," said Shea Ferring, Senior Vice President of Firefly's Spacecraft, and lower thrust means a lot of payload, so that SpaceX will enable the company to afford to bring all its instruments to the surface.

As a result of this contract, SpaceX is now launching five of the six CLPS missions that NASA has concluded so far. Intuitive Machines will also use Falcon 9 to launch two moon landing missions, the first of which is scheduled for early next year, the same for Mosten Space Systems and its Mosten Mission One landing vehicle, which is scheduled for launch at the end of 2022.

In April this year, Astrobotic announced that its landing platform, Griffin, which will host the NASA VIPER moonship, would be launched on a heavy-duty Falcon Heavy launch vehicle. Astrobotic, which is responsible for the last of the six CLPS missions, will use the Vulcan missile developed by the United Lunch Alliance, and its landing platform, called Peregrine, is scheduled to be launched later this year.

Finally, let us recall that SpaceX also won a NASA contract to launch the first two elements of a future lunar lock in 2024, and although the project has been temporarily suspended, it is planned that SpaceX will bring future people back to the moon as part of the Artemis programme aboard its Starship.