“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.