Astrobotic, Spacebit partner to deliver 1st UK lunar payload

Spacebit has announced it has signed a joint agreement with Astrobotic to begin commercial and scientific lunar exploration with the first Peregrine lunar lander mission in 2021, the company said.

Astrobotic´s Peregrine lunar lander will be launched on a Vulcan Centaur rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch will carry the first lunar lander from American soil since Apollo.

This agreement comes after Spacebit examined the field of commercial lunar delivery providers and determined Astrobotic to be the world´s leading provider with one of the most technically mature lunar lander programs. With this announcement, Spacebit joins Astrobotic´s existing manifest of 16-signed contracts toward Peregrine Mission One.

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. is a space robotics company that seeks to make space accessible to the world. The company´s lunar lander, Peregrine, delivers payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals for USD 1.2 million per kilogram.

Spacebit is a privately held UK company that is working on space data analytics tools and robotic concepts of space exploration that include AI and advanced microrobotics.