RocketLab tests new hyperCurie engine that will power its deep space delivery vehicle – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Rocket Lab is already in the testing phase for a new engine it’s building to propel its forthcoming Photon Lunar spacecraft, according to CEO and founder Peter Beck . Beck shared an image of the engine, called hyperCurie, undergoing tests conducted by the company’s propellant team. HyperCurie, as its name implies, is an evolution…

CMU’s tiny robot rover passes NASA design review ahead of 2021 trip to the Moon – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Carnegie Mellon University is one step closer to operating its robotic rover on the surface of the Moon: The school’s diminutive bot has passed a crucial NASA design review, performed by the agency in collaboration with Astrobotic, whose Peregrine lunar lander will be providing the ride for the robot down to the surface of…

Intuitive Machines picks a launch date and landing site for 2021 Moon cargo delivery mission – TechCrunch

[ad_1] The first private company scheduled to make a delivery of scientific cargo on behalf of NASA has specified a landing site, and a target date  for its mission. Intuitive Machines will seek to land its Nova-C lunar lander to a site called the ‘Vallis Schröteri,’ which is the largest valley fond on the Moon,…