AAC Clyde Space has been selected to supply the power system to the lunar lander mission led by the U.S. company Intuitive Machines. An engineering model and flight models will be delivered to support launch in 2021. The total order value is approx. 5.4 MSEK (USD 575 000).
"We are very excited to be part of this new era in lunar exploration, supporting the ultimate challenge of landing a spacecraft on the Moon. It is great to see how far the Newspace industry has developed in recent years, as Intuitive Machines will be using our flight proven standardized Starbuck system to power their spacecraft." said AAC Clyde Space CEO Luis Gomes. The Starbuck Mini is AAC Clyde Space's most powerful and cost-efficient power system for advanced space missions, with strong flight heritage and delivering excellent performance. Through its modular design, it is easy to scale and integrate on different types of mission. U.S. autonomous systems company Intuitive Machines is leading an effort to develop a commercial Lunar Payload and Data Service (LPDS) which provides transit to lunar orbit, payload delivery to the lunar surface, and data communications and power services to assets both in lunar orbit and on the surface. The U.S. company plans its first a robotic landing on the Moon in 2021.