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Prime 1

NSSDCA ID: PRIME-1
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Description

The objective of the PRIME-1 mission is to land a drill and mass spectrometer on the Moon in order to demonstrate the feasibility of in-situ resource utilization (ISRU). The mission is scheduled to launch in December 2022 on the NOVA-C landing platform developed by Intuitive Machines for lunar landing under NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program, in which NASA contracts with a commercial partner that provides the launch and lander.

The Nova-C Lander is a tall hexagonal cylinder on 6 landing legs. It is capable of carrying 100 kg of payload to the surface. It uses solar panels to generate 200 W of power on the surface. Propulsion and landing use liquid methane as fuel and liquid oxygen as an oxidizer. The PRIME-1 mission has two primary components, The Regolith and Ice Drill for Exploring New Terrain (TRIDENT) and the Mass Spectrometer observing lunar operations (MSolo). TRIDENT is an augering drill approximately 1 meter long. The drill is able to stop at any depth as commanded from the ground and deposit and deposit its sample on the surface for analysis. MSolo is a commercial off the shelf (COTS) mass spectrometer modified for spaceflight and lunar operations. Total PRIME-1 payload mass is 40 kg.

Image credit: Intuitive Machines

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    Facts in Brief

    Launch Date: 2022-12-01
    Launch Vehicle: 
    Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States
    Nominal Power: 200 W

    Funding Agency

    • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)

    Discipline

    • Planetary Science

    Additional Information

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

     

    Personnel

    NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
    Dr. Jacqueline Quinn Program ManagerNASA John F. Kennedy Space Centerjacqueline.w.quinn@nasa.gov
    Dr. Janine CaptainProgram ScientistNASA John F. Kennedy Space CenterJanine.e.captain@nasa.gov
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