Here’s another article I was reading.
Rocket Lab to offer lunar missions, ground station services
The Photon satellite platform, right, will be able to carry payloads of 30 kilograms to lunar orbits. Credit: Rocket Lab
WASHINGTON — Small launch vehicle company Rocket Lab will offer rides to the moon for small payloads and, through a partnership, ground station services for Earth orbit customers, the company announced this week.
Rocket Lab said Oct. 21 it was adding lunar payload services to Photon, a satellite bus it unveiled in April. Photon will be able to carry payloads to lunar orbit or the nearby L-1 and L-2 Lagrange points for an undisclosed price.
In an interview during the 70th International Astronautical Congress here, Peter Beck, chief executive of Rocket Lab, said Photon will be able to carry 30 kilograms of payload to the moon, such as scientific instruments. Photon will handle all the other services needed for the mission, including power, propulsion and communications.
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30kg is pretty good. If I had time to dig deeper, I’m very curious on the specs of Photon. I thought it was just a satellite bus that enabled little more than attitude control and stationkeeping for LEO applications, and now it can make it all the way from LEO to the moon. Even more curious on pricing. I’d love to start seeing companies commercialising prospecting data on the Moon.