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Status

Heracles Moon Rover Mission

Launch Time
NET January, 2027

Rocket

Ariane 64
Arianespace
Status: Planned
Price: $106.0 million
Liftoff Thrust: 15,370 kN
Payload to LEO: 21,650 kg
Payload to GTO: 11,500 kg
Stages: 2
Strap-ons: 4
Rocket Height: 63.0 m
Fairing Diameter: 5.4 m
Fairing Height: 20.0 m

Mission Details

Heracles Moon Rover Mission

HERACLES (acronym for Human Enhanced Robotic Architecture Capability for Lunar Exploration and Science) is a space mission project studied by the European Space Agency with the Japan Space Agency (JAXA) and the Canadian Space Agency including the sending of a heavy rover on the surface of the Moon allowing the return of lunar soil samples to Earth. The mission will rely on the lunar space station developed at the initiative of NASA.
Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 8,500 kg
Lunar orbit

Location

ELA-4, Guyana Space Centre, French Guiana, France