Masten mission 1
Fly me to the moon
Join us on Masten Mission 1: The first of many Masten missions to the Moon and beyond! We’re touching down at the lunar south pole in 2023. With NASA already on board as the anchor customer, our lunar lander still has payload space available for commercial companies, government entities, universities, and nonprofits.
Our lunar lander, Xelene (configuration XL-1), is directly evolved from our Xombie and Xoie landers that won NASA’s Centennial Lunar Lander X-Prize Challenge in 2009. With more than 600 successful rocket-powered landings and years of working closely with NASA under the Lunar CATALYST program, we’ve laid the groundwork for mission success.
For Masten Mission 1, Xelene will be put on a trans-lunar injection by a SpaceX launch vehicle, and once in lunar orbit, it will fire its 6 main engines and 12 thrusters to slow down and autonomously descend for a soft touchdown. Xelene will land at the lunar south pole near the Haworth Crater, which is adjacent to the Malapert massif where the change in elevation exceeds 8 km – an elevation very close to Mt. Everest. This diverse topography offers the potential to explore both near-surface and deep reservoirs on the Moon. Upon landing on the lunar south pole, Xelene will operate for at least 12 days.
Xelene will deliver NASA and commercial payloads that will assess the composition of the lunar surface, detect volatiles such as water, methane, and carbon dioxide, and evaluate radiation in advance of human missions. The payloads include a robotic arm that collects lunar samples, an infrared imaging system that records plume interactions, and a rover that will explore for lunar ice.
We provide our customers with end-to-end 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. Join us on Masten Mission 1 or future missions to come!