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SpaceRadar | Payload Selection Tool


Company Name: Masten Space Systems, USA

Potentially available for future missions 

Planned Missions: Xelene 

First Mission Launch: Bankruptcy (Planned for Q4 2023)

Payload Delivery Locations: First mission was planned to land at Lunar South Pole, 89.4°S and 2°E 

Payload capacity - To Surface: 100 kg

Payload bay (size): 78.7 X 61 X 61 cm (per bay, 2 bays in total)

Power distribution (for payload): 

0.5-1.0 W/kg (varying by landing location and time)

100 W, 28 VDC (per 2 bays in total) 

Communications available: The Lander provides wired communications for the payload. Potentially, Wireless communications between mobile payloads and the lander might be available. 

Expected working duration: Up to 12 Earth days after landing 

First Mission Ship manifest: 

1) MoonRanger is a small robotic rover that will demonstrate communications and mapping technologies. It will demonstrate the ability to move quickly across long distances on the lunar surface with autonomous navigation and without the ability to communicate with Earth in real time

2) Sample Acquisition, Morphology Filtering, and Probing of Lunar Regolith (SAMPLR) is a robotic arm that will collect samples of lunar regolith and demonstrate the use of a robotic scoop that can filter and isolate particles of different sizes

3) Heimdall is a flexible camera system for conducting lunar science on commercial vehicles. This innovation includes a single digital video recorder and four cameras. This camera system is intended to model the properties of the Moon's regolith and characterize and map geologic features

4) Lunar Compact Infrared Imaging System (L-CIRiS) will deploy a radiometer – a device that measures infrared wavelengths of light – to explore the Moon's surface composition, map its surface temperature distribution, and demonstrate the instrument's feasibility for future lunar resource utilization activities

5) Mass Spectrometer Observing Lunar Operations (MSolo) is a device to measure potentially accessible resources on the Moon’s surface

6) Near-Infrared Volatile Spectrometer System (NIRVSS) is a tool to measure surface composition and temperature. The instrument will characterize the variability of the lunar soils and detect volatiles such as methane, carbon dioxide, ammonia and water

7) Laser Retroreflector Array (LRA) is a series of eight small mirrors to measure distance and support landing accuracy. It requires no power or communications from the lander and can be detected by future spacecraft orbiting or landing on the Moon

8) Linear Energy Transfer Spectrometer (LETS) is a sensor that will measure the radiation environment on the Moon’s surface

First Mission Launch vehicle: SpaceX Falcon 9

Last Updated on August 2022

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