Teams from Intuitive Machines and five space antenna ground stations
validated the complete lunar communications solution required for Intuitive
Machines’ first mission to the Moon, IM-1.
Under an agreement with NASA and as part of a Live Sky exercise of Intuitive
Machines Lunar Telemetry and Tracking Network (LTN), Intuitive Machines
personnel utilized each of the IM-1 required deep space antennas to acquire
and track NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) from Intuitive
Machines’ Nova Control in Houston, Texas.
“Completing these exercises with a spacecraft currently orbiting the Moon
proves that our network is prepared for our first mission,” said Brian Mader,
Intuitive Machines Mission Operations Engineer. “It’s incredible; the Intuitive
Machines and ground station teams are laying the critical infrastructure to
support a growing lunar economy.”
Contact: Josh Marshall