Intuitive Machines has selected the Falcon 9 launch vehicle to launch its third mission, IM-3, to the moon. Prior to this, the carriers created by Ilona Mask were chosen for the IM-1 and IM-2 missions.
Commercial lander developer Intuitive Machines will launch its third lunar mission using the Falcon 9 launch vehicle.
IM-3 will launch in 2024. The Nova-C lander will deliver up to 130 kilograms of payload to the lunar surface. Company spokesman Josh Marshall noted that Intuitive Machines has not yet decided on a landing site.
The company previously selected SpaceX for the IM-1 and IM-2 missions, which are scheduled to launch in the first and fourth quarters of 2022, respectively.
Intuitive Machines is a privately held American company headquartered in Houston, Texas. It was founded in 2013.
Note that SpaceX is increasingly associated with the development of the Earth satellite. Earlier it became known that the US Audit Office rejected complaints from Blue Origin and Dynetics about the choice of a lunar lander from SpaceX. Thus, if nothing changes, the Starship HLS will deliver the astronauts to the lunar surface.