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SpaceX Secures NASA Contract to Launch Lunar Lander

byVictor Tangermann
Jan 14
Intuitive Machines

It'll carry a drill that'll dig into the Moon to search for water.

Falcon to the Moon

SpaceX just won a contract to launch a commercial lunar lander backed by NASA, SpaceNews reports.

The lander is being built by autonomous drone systems company Intuitive Machines as part of its IM-2 lunar lander mission. If all goes according to schedule, SpaceX will launch the lander on a Falcon 9 rocket within the next two years.

“Signing with SpaceX for our IM-2 Polar Mission, our second scheduled lunar landing, is more than affordable quality lunar transport,” IM president and CEO, Steve Altemus said in a press release.

Lunar Drill

IM-2 will land in the Moon’s southern polar region with several payloads on board, organized through NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services program.

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“Our Lunar Payload and Data Service program matures with each awarded mission to the Moon,” Altemus said. “That maturity is essential for creating a reliable and repeatable lunar landing service that brings us closer to sustained lunar exploration and development.”

Included among the payload carried by IM-2 is a drill that will probe the lunar surface for signs of water.

READ MORE: SpaceX wins contracts for lunar lander, environmental satellite launches [SpaceNews]

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