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SpaceX to Launch Intuitive Machines Commercial Lunar Lander

By Annamarie Nyirady | October 3, 2019

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      Houston-based Intuitive Machines selected SpaceX to launch its lunar lander, Nova-C, to the Moon in 2021 on a Falcon 9 rocket. NASA awarded Intuitive Machines the first mission task order under the CLPS contract on May 31. It calls for Intuitive Machines to develop, launch, and land Nova-C on the lunar surface with a payload of NASA-provided instruments that will conduct science investigations and demonstrate advanced technologies on the lunar surface.

      Intuitive Machines reviewed proposals from multiple launch providers and ultimately selected SpaceX. Nova-C will launch on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

      “Intuitive Machines is thrilled to sign with SpaceX to take Nova-C on its first mission to the moon,” said Intuitive Machines President and CEO, Steve Altemus. “SpaceX’s ability to make low-cost quality lunar transport is paramount to completing NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract and Intuitive Machines becoming the first commercial company to land on the Moon.”