Griffin robotic moon lander. Credit: Astrobotic Technology

Griffin robotic moon lander. Credit: Astrobotic Technology


Credit: Pocari Sweat

Credit: Pocari Sweat

Astrobotic Technology of Pittsburgh has been contracted to send the “Lunar Dream” time capsule on its October 2015 private lunar mission.

The deal has been struck between the robotic spacecraft builder and Astroscale PTE. Ltd. – a Singapore-based space industry company.

The time capsule would contain the popular Japanese sports drink, Pocari Sweat, which is sold across Asia and in much of the Middle East.

The electrolyte drink is a mild tasting liquid that replenishes body fluids lost through perspiration. It is quickly absorbed into the body and is recommended by its maker as a beverage for physical activities such as sports and exercise.

Griffin lander

Billed as “the first commercial beverage to be delivered to the Moon’s surface,” the Lunar Dream time capsule will be placed on the lunar surface by Astrobotic’s Griffin lander after it touches down in the Lacus Mortis region of the Moon. 

In a press statement, John Thornton, Astrobotic’s CEO said: “Our services are optimized for customers seeking the simplicity of point-to-point delivery… establishing affordable lunar access for companies, universities, and governments.”

Astroscale’s corporate mission is to address the growing threat of space debris by incubating removal technologies while arousing a passion and excitement for space exploration among people around the world.

In order to make the space more approachable for people, Astroscale provides technology support as well as the global alliance necessary for private companies to be involved in space missions, according to the firm.


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