Astrobotic Lands $200M NASA ‘VIPER’ Payload Delivery Contract

Astrobotic Lands $200M NASA ‘VIPER’ Payload Delivery Contract

Astrobotic has received a $200M contract to send a NASA rover to the moon’s south pole as part of the agency’s resource-mapping mission in late 2023.

The Pittsburgh-based company will launch the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover and integrate its lander for the 100-day mission as part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services program, the agency said Thursday.

VIPER will traverse the lunar surface to detect water resources, collect samples and collate data meant to inform NASA’s plans to establish a sustainable human presence on the moon.

Jim Bridenstine, administrator of NASA and former Wash100 Award recipient, said the CLPS effort serves as a “big boost” to the agency’s efforts to send humans to the moon under the Artemis program.

“Delivering VIPER to look for water, and setting the stage for the first human crew since Apollo, embodies our mission as a company,”  noted Astrobotic CEO John Thornton.

Astrobotic is slated to make the first delivery of related instruments to the moon in 2021. NASA plans to launch initial versions of VIPER over the next two years in preparation for the mission.

Check Also


SAIC Awarded TSA Test & Evaluation Support BPA

Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) has been awarded a potential $40M blanket purchase agreement for operational test and evaluation services to the Transportation Security Administration, according to an award notice posted Thursday.

US Air Force

Air Force Selects Boeing, Lockheed, Raytheon Technologies for Hypersonic Cruise Missile Tech Design Program

The U.S. Air Force has indicated its intent to solicit design proposals from Boeing (NYSE: BA), Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX) for a hypersonic cruise missile technology that can be launched from a fighter or a bomber aircraft.