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Intuitive Machines Picks MDA Sensors to Support Lunar Landing Mission

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August 23, 2021

MDA Ltd., which develops advanced technology and services for the global space industry, has announced it signed an agreement with Intuitive Machines to provide lunar landing sensors to support its upcoming IM-1 and IM-2 missions. The sensors will support the first soft landing U.S. mission to the Moon since 1972, scheduled for early 2022. MDA landing sensors will also support the first-ever mining mission to the South pole of the Moon in late 2022, the company said.

Intuitive Machines is part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program, which help lay the foundation for future missions and a sustainable human presence on the lunar surface. MDA said it is currently under contract to provide its lunar landing sensors to three different commercial customers, supporting four individual missions scheduled between 2022 and 2024.

MDA has developed a full suite of sensor products designed for use in lunar landing, orbital debris removal, rendezvous and docking, as well as Earth observation, The product line includes 3D scanning lidar, infrared cameras, and laser range finders. The company said the standardized technology positions itself for further expansion into the emerging global market for space situational awareness sensors.

“Every week there are major global developments in the commercialization of space that bring us closer and closer to making the vision of an active Lunar village with routine flights from Earth to the Moon a reality,” said Mike Greenley, CEO of MDA. “Landing technology has been a critical component of successful flight since the dawn of aviation, and now, working with partners like Intuitive Machines, we are commercializing that technology for space flight.”

For more information on MDA’s offerings, visit its website here.

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