Lunar Mission OB1

Lunar Mission OB1

"Each lunar mission targets a landing ellipse in a region of interest based on the mission and payload requirements. For OB1, we are aiming for the lunar south pole"

OrbitBeyond’s proprietary lunar landers can deliver payloads to lunar orbit as well as the lunar surface. Our first lunar mission (OB1) is planned for 2026 and will focus on transporting payloads for delivery to the lunar south pole. OrbitBeyond’s lunar lander will be launched using commercially available launch services performed by one of our strategic partners. The OB1 Mission will comprise a mix of payloads from international space agencies, private companies and some of OrbitBeyond’s own payloads.

OrbitBeyond’s Market Leading Lunar Lander

Space industry experts recognise OrbitBeyond’s proprietary Lunar Landing Vehicle (LLV) as a best in-class, comprising a number of distinct advantages over competing lunar landers. OrbitBeyond’s lunar landers are capable of supporting payload delivery to locations ranging from the lunar equator to the poles. OrbitBeyond’s precision descent and landing guidance, including Terrain Relative Navigation (TRN) and Hazard Detection and Avoidance (HDA), is considered one of the most robust systems for planetary landing. OrbitBeyond’s LLV is configured modular and scalable to accommodate payloads ranging from 100 kg to 500 kg to the lunar surface. It also uses flight heritage systems of TRL 7+, which significantly lowers technical, schedule and financial risk.

Payload Integration

OrbitBeyond works with payload customers to integrate their payloads onto a single OrbitBeyond lunar lander. Integration takes place at OrbitBeyond’s facility, where payloads are accepted and integrated into the lunar lander - ahead of the scheduled launch date. Payloads are provided with power and data via the lunar lander for the during of the transit to the Moon and during their time on the lunar surface.

Broad Mission Plan

Lunar Mission OB1 will focus on supporting the commercial and scientific activities on the lunar surface, of the customer’s whose payloads we will be transporting. This will include rover-based activities, operating in a harsh lunar environment and the collection and return samples from the lunar surface. OrbitBeyond’s own payloads will be deployed during the OB1 mission and are currently planned to include a lunar 5g network and edge computing solutions.

Lunar Mission OB1