Redwire cameras are headed to the Moon as part of Intuitive Machines’ IM-1 mission, which is sending a Nova-C class lunar lander to the south pole region of the Moon. The mission is part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative, a part of NASA’s lunar exploration efforts. The IM-1 mission is targeted for a multi-day launch window that begins at 12:57 a.m. Eastern time on Feb. 14.
Redwire is proud to provide multiple SpectraCAM cameras for Intuitive Machines’ IM-1 mission. For IM-1, SpectraCAM will serve as Nova-C’s Terrain Relative Navigation and Hazard Detection and Avoidance cameras.
The SpectraCAM is a high-resolution space camera capable of supporting diverse applications in LEO, GEO, and cislunar, including Rendezvous Proximity Operations & Docking and Space Situational Awareness.
Back to the Moon
Through the CLPS initiative, Intuitive Machines is contracted to deliver science and technology payloads to the Moon. The science and technology payloads sent to the Moon’s surface as part of CLPS will help lay the foundation for human missions and a sustainable human presence on the lunar surface.
This isn’t the first time Redwire’s camera technology has gone to the Moon. The Orion Camera System, developed by Redwire in partnership with Lockheed Martin, launched on the Artemis I mission and will be onboard future Artemis missions III-V. As the “eyes” of Orion, the Orion Camera System is enabling advanced vehicle imaging capability for the missions.
Redwire’s camera technology leverages decades of flight heritage to deliver proven space domain awareness capability for civil, commercial and national security space mission applications, including machine vision, optical navigation, science, remote sensing, photogrammetry, inspection, video monitoring and mission documentation. In August 2023, Redwire announced that its SpectraCAM cameras would be enabling True Anomaly’s Jackal autonomous orbital vehicles with space situational awareness capabilities.