At Masten, we expect lunar landings to become commonplace by 2030, and we’ll play a big role in enabling that future. Ideally, each landing will be more efficient and streamlined than the last. So how do we achieve that? We learn from each lunar landing by capturing video footage and studying things like lunar regolith disturbances caused by rocket plume.
That’s where Lunar ExoCam can help. Developed by researchers at Zandef Deksit, Lunar ExoCam is a remotely deployed camera and sensor payload system designed in partnership with Honeybee Robotics. It can capture video during a lander’s final descent on the Moon, Mars, and other celestial bodies. The 360° cameras are housed inside a protective cage to capture the entire field of view. That means the cameras can also be used to track assets on the lunar surface or monitor the cislunar environment.
Through NASA’s Flight Opportunities program, Masten has been testing Lunar ExoCam on our Xodiac vertical takeoff and vertical landing (VTVL) vehicle since 2020. These flight tests help mature the payload and advance its technology readiness for space.