Lucky Land, a US company that offers land-based landing systems, is preparing to launch a $250 million unmanned lander on a flight to the Moon.
Lucky Land is aiming to send a small rover into lunar orbit to look for clues about past conditions on the Moon, which it hopes to use to determine whether life could exist on the surface.
It is not the first time a US space company has sent a rover to the moon, but it is the first such mission to take place on a US soil.
Lone Star has also launched several rovers on lunar missions in the past.
In 2012, a trio of US companies, Blue Origin and SpaceX, flew their first two rovers to the lunar surface.
However, the US government had to step in when the rovers crashed on the moon and the missions were cancelled.
In the early 2020s, the company started work on a lander for the Moon that would use the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).
It has been in development since the early 2000s and has received approval from the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The US Space Act of 2019 approved the LRO as a “space vehicle” in 2018.
The company expects to launch the rover in 2020.
It would land on the Lunar Surface on the western side of the Moon at an altitude of about 1,300 metres.
The lander will be able to capture data on the lunar landscape and analyse it for potential lunar water, it said.LONER ROSTEREDBY LONER, LONELINEA moon-bound space exploration program launched by the US.
It aims to send astronauts to the far side of our planet and explore the solar system.
The programme is funded by the NASA Astrobiology Program and launched in 2003.
The first crewed mission was the Apollo 11 lunar landing mission.NASA’s Apollo program also explored the moon.
The program has been successful in landing several roving vehicles on the Red Planet and has launched more than 50 rovers in total.
LoonSpace is based in Colorado, but has an office in Washington.