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Orbit Beyond, Inc., usually stylized as ORBITBeyond, is a new lunar transportation company in the cislunar market, aiming to bring online lunar transportation services. Its products include configurable delivery lunar landers with a mass up to 500 kg, and rovers. The company would contract for private rocket launch services.
Partners and contracts
On November 29, 2018, OrbitBeyond was awarded a Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contract by NASA, which makes it eligible to bid on delivering science and technology payloads to the Moon for NASA.
OrbitBeyond has engaged TeamIndus for lander engineering, Honeybee Robotics for payload integration, Advanced Space for mission management, Ceres Robotics for surface operations, and Apollo Fusion for future programs requiring electric propulsion system. Their aim is to create collaborative and scalable spacecraft vehicles to support commercial market growth in cislunar space.
- Z-01: would carry up to 50 kg of commercial payloads. Its first mission is planned to land at Mare Imbrium (29.52º N 25.68º W).
- Z-02: would carry up to 500 k of commercial payloads.
- OrbitBeyond, Inc. Accessed: 29 October 2018.
- OrbitBeyond, Inc. Press Release. 12 November 2018.
- OrbitBeyond Teams with Team Indus, Honeybee Robotics for NASA Lunar Program. Doug Messier, Parabolic Arc. 29 November 2018.
- NASA will pay private companies up to $2.6 billion to get the US back to the Moon for the first time in nearly 50 years. Dave Mosher, MSN News. November 2018.
- "NASA Announces New Partnerships for Commercial Lunar Payload Delivery Services". NASA. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
- Apollo Fusion - Home. Accessed: 29 November 2018.
- Space is Getting Crowded as New Commercial Companies and National Players Enter the Scene. 21st Century Tech. 7 December 2018.