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Draper Lunar Lander (CP-12)



The Draper Lunar Lander is a mission scheduled to touch down in the Schrödinger basin on the lunar far side in 2025. It will carry three NASA-sponsored science payloads to make geophysical measurements. The Draper Lunar Lander is part of NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative, in which NASA contracts with a commercial partner, in this case Draper Laboratories, that provides the launch and lander.

The mission is in its early planning stages, but will make use of the ispace technologies SERIES-2 lander and involve relay satellites in order to allow communication with Earth from the far side of the Moon. Schrodinger basin, a large impact crater near the Moon's south pole, shows evidence of geologically recent volcanic activity. The science payload to be landed there includes seismometers, a drill to allow emplacement of heat flow and electrical conductivity probes, and instruments to study the magnetic field and surface weathering.

The ispace SERIES 2 lander has the capability of bringing 500 kg of payload to the lunar surface, and stands about 2.7 meters high and 4.25 meters wide. Launch is planned for 2025.

For more on the CLPS initiative and missions, see:

Alternate Names

  • CLPS CP-12
  • CP-12
  • DraperLunarLander(TOCP12)

Facts in Brief

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Funding Agency

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)


  • Planetary Science

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Dr. David R. Williams



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. Brent GarryProject ScientistNASA Goddard Space Flight
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