Credit: Astrobotic

LunaGrid is the first-ever commercial power service for the lunar surface. It will enable space agencies, companies, and nonprofit systems to survive the lunar night and operate indefinitely on the Moon.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Astrobotic is offering LunaGrid, a power generation and distribution service that will deliver power by the watt to landers, rovers, habitats, science suites, and other lunar surface systems.

The company plans to begin deploying and demonstrating LunaGrid elements as early as 2026 with the goal of the first operational LunaGrid by 2028 at the lunar south pole.

Illustration of NASA astronauts on the lunar south pole carrying out early work to establish an Artemis Base Camp. Credit: NASA

According to a company statement, the service will enable space agencies’, companies’, and nonprofits’ systems to survive the lunar night and operate indefinitely on the Moon starting at the lunar south pole.

No policy hurdles

LunaGrid makes use of the company’s landers, rovers, and wireless chargers as well its Vertical Solar Array Technology (VSAT), which is in development at Astrobotic in concert with NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. Astrobotic was awarded in August a follow-on $6.2 million contract by to further advance its VSAT systems.

LunaGrid makes use of Astrobotic’s existing landers, rovers, and wireless chargers as well its Vertical Solar Array Technology (VSAT).
Credit: Astrobotic

LunaGrid systems can be delivered on a single Griffin lander and placed at multiple locations at the poles of the Moon. LunaGrid can also be scaled over time, the company states, increasing the service coverage with additional VSATs, and incorporating other power source types in the future.

“Solar power is affordable, commercially friendly, technically mature, and deployable now. LunaGrid’s solar-based system offers the world the fastest, most economical means of establishing sustained lunar presence with no policy hurdles,” said Astrobotic CEO, John Thornton.

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