Astrobotic has finally unveiled a flight model of its robotic lunar lander, the Peregrine Lunar Lander. It will be the first American spacecraft to land properly on the Moon since the completion of the Apollo mission.
Peregrine is designed to deliver cargo to the surface of our natural satellite, but is not designed to deliver people there. The first mission of the device is scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year as part of the NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) mission.
If all goes according to plan, the spacecraft will carry 24 different payloads to the surface of the Moon, including 11 NASA science instruments, the Carnegie Mellon University lunar rover, payloads from several other companies, and messages from people all over Earth.
True, there is one catch. The spacecraft is due to travel to the Moon on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Vulcan rocket, which isn’t ready yet. However, Peregrine itself is still being completed.