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US-Ukrainian Firefly Aerospace signs contract with SpaceX to launch its lunar lander

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Blue Ghost lander, named after the rare Phausis reticulata firefly, will be used to deliver the payloads
10:13, 22 May 2021

Blue Ghost lunar lander
Firefly Aerospace

The US-Ukrainian company Firefly Aerospace, co-founded by Ukrainian businessman Max Polyakov, has signed a contract with Elon Musk’s SpaceX company to launch its Blue Ghost lunar lander in 2023. This was reported by the press service of Firefly Aerospace. 

In February 2021, it became known that Firefly Aerospace was awarded a $93 million contract by NASA as part of the Artemis program. The agency will award the company $93.3 million for the delivery of scientific and technology payloads to the Moon in 2023.

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The Blue Ghost lander, named after the rare Phausis reticulata firefly, will be used to deliver the payloads. It will land in the Mare Crisium and deliver about 150 kg of payloads to the lunar surface. Since the contract was signed, a team of engineers has been conducting regular vision navigation test flights at Firefly’s one-acre Briggs, Texas lunar landscape site.

Meanwhile, the State Space Agency of Ukraine will pay Elon Musk’s SpaceX $ 1,99 million for the launch of the Ukrainian satellite Sich 2-30. Economic Truth reported citing the head of the agency Volodymyr Taftay.

“The design engineering bureau "Southern" consulted with SpaceX, and SpaceX forwarded the task of adapting the satellite for launch to its division in Germany. So, the total amount of the contract today is $ 1,99 million. This amount is already considering all the technical issues related to the launch of the satellite,” Taftay said.

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