SpaceX Rocket to deliver Astrobiotics’s lunar lander Griffin to Moon in 2023

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American space robotics technology company Astrobotic will use SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket to launch its Griffin lunar lander to the moon in late 2023.

Griffin will carry water hunting Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover along with it.

“Getting to the Moon isn’t just about building a spacecraft, but having a complete mission solution,” Daniel Gillies, Griffin Mission 1 Director for Astrobotic, said.

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“SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy completes our Griffin Mission 1 (GM1) solution by providing a proven launch vehicle to carry us on our trajectory to the Moon. SpaceX has the team, vehicle, and facilities to make this happen,” he added.

In 2020, NASA had given tasked Astrobotic to deliver VIPER to the south pole of the Moon.

The task was given as part of the initiative taken by the space agency for Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS).

VIPER will disembark from Griffin’s ramps after Griffin’s landing on the surface of Mars. It will survey the surface and subsurface to discover water ice. All this process will take place only after Falcon Heavy launches Griffin on a trajectory to the Moon.

“Gaining a better learning of resources on the Moon is critical to advancing humanity’s reach beyond Earth, and we are honoured to support this exciting mission and NASA’s CLPS programme,” said SpaceX Senior Director of Commercial Sales Stephanie Bednarek.

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