NEXT SPACEFLIGHT

Status

PRIME-1 (IM-2)

Launch Time
NET 4th Quarter, 2024
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Rocket

Falcon 9 Block 5
Image Credit: SpaceX
SpaceX
Status: Active
Price: $69.75 million
Liftoff Thrust: 7,607 kN
Payload to LEO: 22,800 kg
Payload to GTO: 8,300 kg
Stages: 2
Strap-ons: 0
Rocket Height: 70.0 m
Fairing Diameter: 5.2 m
Fairing Height: 13.0 m

Mission Details

PRIME-1

Intuitive Machines-2 will deliver The Regolith and Ice Drill for Exploring New Terrain (TRIDENT) and the Mass Spectrometer observing lunar operations (MSolo). PRIME-1 will drill into the lunar surface, harvest and bring ice to the Moon’s surface, and use a mass spectrometer to measure how much is lost to sublimation as it turns from solid into vapor in a vacuum. The mission will also carry a deployable lander called Micro Nova (µNova), which will demonstrate the ability to carry a payload of 1kg and travel more than 2.5 km by doing "hops". During the flights, µNova will also provide high-resolution imagery of craters.

Payloads: 1
Trans Lunar Injection

GEO Pathfinder

Sherpa EScape transfer vehicle will perform a lunar flyby to reach geosynchronous equatorial orbit. This maneuver will be followed by the separation of the payloads from the transfer vehicle.

Payloads: 1
Trans Lunar Injection

Odin

A payload for AstroForge, a company that plans to mine asteroid resources, Odin. (Brokkr-2) intends to head to deep space to observe a small target asteroid in preparation for their first retrieval mission. Odin will fly by the asteroid at a distance of about 1 kilometer, arriving 11 months after launch.

AstroForge has not disclosed the identity of the asteroid they will observe but has stated that it is less than 100 meters in diameter.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 100.0 kg
Trans Lunar Injection

Lunar Trailblazer (SIMPLEx 5)

Lunar Trailblazer is a planned small (class D) lunar orbiter, part of NASA's SIMPLEx program, that will detect and map water on the lunar surface to determine how its form, abundance, and location relate to geology. Its mission is to aid in the understanding of lunar water and the Moon's water cycle.

Payloads: 1
Total Mass: 200.0 kg
Trans Lunar Injection

Location

LC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA