lunar mission 1
Fly me to the moon
XL-1 Lunar Lander
Join us on our mission to the Moon, touching down at the lunar south pole in 2022. With NASA already on board as the anchor customer for this mission, our XL-1 lunar lander has hundreds of kilograms of available payload space for commercial customers. Here’s how we’ll get you there:
Our XL-1 lunar lander is directly evolved from the Xombie and Xoie landers which won the NASA Centennial Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander X-Prize Challenge in 2009. With more than 600 vertical take off, vertical landing (VTVL) rocket flights and years of working closely with NASA under the Lunar CATALYST program we have laid the groundwork for mission success. The 2022 landing is part of the NASA CLPS program, which we were selected for in 2018.
Our XL-1 lunar lander will deliver payloads to the resource-rich southern pole of the Moon no later than December 2022. The spacecraft will be put on a translunar injection by a SpaceX launch vehicle, and once in lunar orbit, will fire its 4 main engines to slow down and autonomously descend into a soft touchdown.
Your Mission Partner
We provide our customers with end-to-end commercial payload services between the Earth and the lunar surface. This includes operations associated with the launch vehicle, launch site, spacecraft, lander mission design and analysis, ground systems, payload integration, planning and support, and post-landing payload operations.