Space Micro Selected By Astrobotic to Provide Space Qualified X-Band Transponder On Peregrine Lunar Lander
San Diego, CA – October 7, 2020
Space Micro, Inc. was selected by Astrobotic Technology, Inc., of Pittsburgh PA, to provide a customized, space qualified X-Band Transponder for Astrobotic’s Peregrine lunar lander, slated to launch in Summer 2021 carrying payloads to the surface of the Moon.
Space Micro’s X-Band Transponder is a low SWaP, radiation tolerant radio with a downlink data-rate range of 4 kbps to 4 Mbps, and RF output power of 3W to 12W. The X-Band Transponder will enable communications in flight, in descents to the surface and during surface operations. The Transponder also allows Peregrine to accurately gauge distances on-approach for landing and return to the transport spacecraft.
Engineered for ruggedness in harsh space launch, landing and radiation environments, the X-Band Transponder has been tailored to Astrobotic’s specifications to accomplish multiple successive lunar missions on the Peregrine lander.
Astrobotic will launch Peregrine with payloads from 16 customers, including several associated with NASA’s CLPS program. The planned landing area is Lacus Mortis – a plain of lava flows – in the northeastern part of the Moon. This mission will not only deliver the first soft landed payloads to the Moon since Apollo 17, it will also kick off the world’s first commercial lunar delivery service.
“This is an incredible opportunity for Space Micro to have our highly-reliable X-Band Transponder installed on Astrobotic’s lunar lander to deliver cargo to the Moon’s surface on Peregrine Mission One,” said David Strobel, CEO of Space Micro. “Our family of space radios has been failure free and encompasses over 15 missions such as NASA’s IRIS, LADEE and TESS, DoD-classified programs and multiple commercial missions,” Strobel continued.
About Astrobotic Technology, Inc.
Astrobotic Technology, Inc. is a space robotics company making space accessible to the world. They develop advanced navigation, operation, and computing systems for spacecraft, and their fleet of lunar landers deliver rovers and other payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals. The company has more than 50 prior and ongoing NASA and commercial technology contracts and a corporate sponsorship with DHL. Astrobotic was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA