Sherpa EScape (Credit: Spaceflight Inc.)
SEATTLE, Sept. 14, 2021 (Spaceflight Inc. PR) — Spaceflight Inc., the leader in global launch services, today announced a breakthrough cislunar rideshare mission: “GEO Pathfinder.” As a secondary payload on board Intuitive Machines’ IM-2 South Pole Mission, Spaceflight will execute rideshare deployments in trans-lunar orbit, low-lunar orbit and beyond to geosynchronous equatorial orbit (GEO). Spaceflight will utilize a lunar flyby with its new propulsive transfer vehicle, Sherpa EScape (Sherpa-ES), to deliver a payload from GeoJump, a new company dedicated to providing smallsat rideshare opportunities to GEO, that will also contain an Orbit Fab in-space fueling payload. The mission is slated to launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 no earlier than Q4 2022.
Spaceflight’s rideshare missions allow customers to quickly access lunar orbits affordably. Additionally, by leveraging Spaceflight’s propulsive Sherpa orbital transfer vehicles (OTVs), customers can reach farther destinations in the solar system as well as optimize their spacecraft for the mission without the complexities associated with carrying extra propellant and mass to do the orbit raising themselves.
“This mission will demonstrate our complete mission toolbox and ability to execute complex, groundbreaking and exciting missions beyond LEO,” said Grant Bonin, SVP of business development ...