Space Commerce

Commercial Lunar Network Completed Ahead of IM-1 Moon Mission

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
Intuitive Machines
August 30, 2022
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Commercial Lunar Network Completed Ahead of IM-1 Moon Mission
Intuitive Machines Ground Network
Intuitive Machines

Teams from Intuitive Machines and five space antenna ground stations validated the complete lunar communications solution required for Intuitive Machines’ first mission to the Moon, IM-1.

Under an agreement with NASA and as part of a Live Sky exercise of Intuitive Machines Lunar Telemetry and Tracking Network (LTN), Intuitive Machines personnel utilized each of the IM-1 required deep space antennas to acquire and track NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) from Intuitive Machines’ Nova Control in Houston, Texas.

“Completing these exercises with a spacecraft currently orbiting the Moon proves that our network is prepared for our first mission,” said Brian Mader, Intuitive Machines Mission Operations Engineer. “It’s incredible; the Intuitive Machines and ground station teams are laying the critical infrastructure to support a growing lunar economy.”

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