by Mat Dirjish
Intuitive Machines, part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program, is using space-industry company MDA’s lunar landing sensors to support its upcoming IM-1 and IM-2 missions to the Moon. Scheduled for early 2022, MDA landing sensors will support the first soft landing US mission to the Moon since 1972. The sensors will also support the first mining mission on the South pole of the Moon in late 2022.
According to all involved, the CLPS missions will help lay the foundation for future missions and a sustainable human presence on the Lunar surface. MDA is under contract to provide Lunar landing sensors to three different commercial customers supporting four individual missions scheduled between 2022 and 2024.
To meet escalating commercial demands, MDA offers a full suite of sensor products for use in Lunar landing, orbital debris removal, rendezvous and docking, and Earth observation. These include 3D scanning LiDAR, an infrared camera, and a laser range finder.
Ready for liftoff but need deeper data and flight instructions? If so, take a trot over to the MDA website. Also check out the Intuitive Machines website and NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services program.