IOS NEPTUNE 3 LUNA
MOJAVE-01.23.17---Interorbital Systems, in collaboration with Ed Belbruno, a world-renowned aerodynamicist and interplanetary trajectory analyst/designer, is developing a lunar impact mission that will be attempted in 2018. Dr. Belbruno, founder and CEO of Innovative Orbital Design, Inc., is calculating a lunar trajectory that has a minimum reaction-mass requirement. The payload will be based Interorbital's TubeSat and CubeSat technology.
The mission, designated the "Lunar Bullet," will feature a lunar-direct trajectory ending with a hard impact on the Moon's surface. During the Lunar approach phase of the mission, high-definition video will be transmitted continuously to Earth until impact. The project will be similar to the NASA 'Ranger' mission from the 1960s. The Lunar Bullet Mission will verify IOS' launch and interplanetary navigation technology.
The launch vehicle version for the "Lunar Bullet" mission will be the IOS NEPTUNE 3 (N3) rocket, which will include an updated version of its Common Propulsion Module, the CPM 2.0. Each CPM 2.0 is assembled from an array of four carbon filament-wound tanks, a single gimballed liquid-rocket engine, a valve and controller unit, and a fairing. The CPM 2.0's four-tank array includes three propellant tanks and a single pressurant tank to provide regulated pressure-fed propellant flow during rocket engine operation. CPM 2.0 has been shown to have substantially improved flight characteristics. The N3 is a four-stage launch vehicle constructed by bundling three CPM 2.0s and stacking two high performance liquid third- and fourth-stage assemblies on the core CPM. The N3, which has a payload capacity of 23-kgs to a 310-km polar Earth orbit and 5-kgs to the surface of the Moon.
Lunar Impact Mission