VIPER

Overview

Destination: Lunar Orbit
Mission: Lunar Exploration

Lunar Orbit Launch Complex 39A Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA
Unknown FH - Landing Zone 2 Unknown FH - Unknown Unknown FH - Landing Zone 1

NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, is a mobile robot that will go to the South Pole of the Moon to get a close-up view of the location and concentration of water ice that could eventually be harvested to sustain human exploration on the Moon, Mars — and beyond. VIPER represents the first resource mapping mission on another celestial body.

Updates

Cosmic_Penguin • May 24, 2024, 2:12 a.m.

NET 2025.


spacevogel • July 18, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

Mission delayed due to NASA's request for additional lander tests


Falcon Heavy

Family:
Configuration: Heavy

The Falcon Heavy is a variant of the Falcon 9 full thrust launch vehicle and consists of a standard Falcon 9 rocket core, with two additional boosters derived from the Falcon 9 first stage.

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Specifications
  • Stages
    3
  • Length
    70.0 m
  • Diameter
    12.2 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    1400 T
  • Thrust
    22819 kN
Family
  • Name
    Falcon Heavy
  • Family
  • Variant
    Heavy
  • Alias
  • Full Name
    Falcon Heavy
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $90000000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    63800 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
    26700 kg
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Booster Info


Unknown FH


Type: Strap-On Booster
Flight Proven: No

Landing Information

the sidebooster will attempt to land at the launch site after launch.

Landing Attempt Confirmed

Unknown FH


Type: Core
Flight Proven: No

Landing Information

The center core will attempt to land on an ASDS after launch.

Landing Attempt Confirmed

Unknown FH


Type: Strap-On Booster
Flight Proven: No

Landing Information

the sidebooster will attempt to land at the launch site after launch.

Landing Attempt Confirmed

SpaceX

SpaceX

(SpX)

CEO: Elon Musk Founded: 2002 Successes: 366 Failures: 11 Pending: 128

Agency Type:

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX operates from many pads, on the East Coast of the US they operate from SLC-40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station and historic LC-39A at Kennedy Space Center. They also operate from SLC-4E at Vandenberg Space Force Base, California, usually for polar launches. Another launch site is being developed at Boca Chica, Texas.

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