Private moon lander will now have a ride for its historic 2021 mission. The United Launch Alliance (ULA) will launch Vulcan Centaur rocket and send Astrobotic’s Peregrine lander. This mission is towards Earth’s nearest neighbor in the next two years. This is announced on August 2019 by the representative’s companies. According to Astrobotic CEO John Thornton, their teams are excited to sign fly Peregrine and ULA on Vulcan Centaur. They launch the first lunar lander from the American soil from the time when Apollo launch, onboard first Vulcan Centaur rocket. And it is expected that it will be a historic day for the country and commercial enterprise.
This mission is to fly via Commercial Lunar Payload Services – a program of NASA. This awarded Astrobotic US$ 79.5 million to deliver up to 14 NASA payloads to lunar surface on Peregrine in May. Lander will tote various other payloads as well. According to the company 16 different customers signed up for flight to date and representatives of Pittsburgh-based. Vulcan Centaur is a successor to the ULA’s Atlas V rocket. It has launched several high-profile spacecraft over the previous years. It includes NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover, OSIRIS-REx asteroid mission, and New Horizons Pluto probe. ULA is also developing the next-gen Vulcan later 2014.
Astrobotic is a second company to commit that Vulcan Centaur in less than a week. On 14 August, Sierra Nevada Corp. announced that rocket would launch company’s Dream Chaser space plane through its robotic cargo missions to NASA’s International Space Station. CLPS is aiming to put NASA’s technology and science payloads down on a lunar surface. The primary goal is to help the agency’s Artemis program. This involves plans to land astronauts close to moon’s south pole by 2024. Besides, to establish a long-term, constant human presence on as well as around Earth’s natural satellite. Moreover, such activity will aid to prepare NASA and his partners to leap to Mars in 2030.