The World Is Not Enough

DHL supports Astrobotic to develop lunar delivery service Deutsche Post DHL Group will become the “Official Logistics Provider for Astrobotic’s First Mission to the Moon.” Astrobotic is building a service to make the Moon accessible to the world and undveiled ist new Peregrine Lunar Lander. DHL will provide logistics services for Astrobotic’s spacecraft and its customer payloads, making sure that all materials for the new lunar lander as well as the ‘space freight’ will arrive safe and on time to begin their journey to the Moon. “DHL has a proud history of connecting its customers to the world. Today, we are excited to be embarking upon this incredible venture into the next era of logistics – beyond Earth and to the Moon”, said Arjan Sissing, Senior Vice President, Global Brand Marketing, Deutsche Post DHL Group. Together, this team will advance the technical maturity of the new “Peregrine” Lunar Lander towards the next big development milestone. Peregrine builds on eight years of Astrobotic lunar lander development, and will carry Astrobotic’s first delivery of payloads to the lunar surface. Peregrine offers mission flexibility with a 30 to 265 kilogram payload capacity. The lander will be powered with an Aerojet Rocketdyne propulsion system featuring next generation space engine technology. Astrobotic Technology is a lunar logistics company that delivers payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, nonprofits, and individuals. The company’s spacecraft accommodates multiple customers on a single flight, offering lunar delivery at an industry-defining price of $1.2 Million per kilogram. Astrobotic is a partner with NASA through a Space Act Agreement under the Lunar CATALYST program, and has 21 prior and ongoing NASA contracts. The company has 10 payload delivery contracts in place for its first mission and dozens of customer negotiations for upcoming missions. Astrobotic was spun out of Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute in 2007, and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA.

Author: Stephanie Leuwer

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