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PAYLOAD CAPACITY - TLI (Trans Lunar Injection)
The lander-Earth connection uses X-Band range for uplink and downlink space communications.
The lander-payload connection is provided via Serial RS-422 or SpaceWire for wired communication throughout the mission. Following landing, a 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.11n compliant WLAN modem enables wireless communication between the lander and deployed payloads on the lunar surface. Griffin relays payload telecommands and telemetry in near real-time.
PAYLOAD CAPACITY - TO ORBIT
The VIPER rover aboard the Griffin lander will operate on the western edge of Nobile crater on the moon's south pole. It is planned to traverse several kilometers, collecting data on different kinds of soil environments affected by light and temperature - those in complete darkness, occasional light and in constant sunlight.
1.53 X 1.53 X 2.45 m (VIPER rover)
1W per kg (average)
To lunar orbit - US $300,000/kg
To the lunar surface - US $1,200,000/kg
For deploying a rover - US $4,500,000/kg
1) NASA’s VIPER - Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, is a mobile robot that will go to the South Pole of the Moon to get a close-up view of the location and concentration of water ice that could eventually be harvested to sustain human exploration on the Moon, Mars — and beyond. VIPER represents the first resource mapping mission on another celestial body
Up to 14 Days (Griffin Lander)
Up to 100 Earth days (VIPER rover)
PAYLOAD CAPACITY - TO SURFACE
POWER DISTRIBUTION (FOR PAYLOAD)
FIRST AWARDED CLPS CONTRACT
TOTAL CLPS CONTRACT
Last Updated on November 2023
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