Moon Probe Initial Explorer (MoonPIE)
MoonPIE's Mission Objectives
To collect and return to Earth a test mass of 1kg of lunar rock and
dust, whilst demonstrating Proof of Concept in showing a greater
than 80% hardware re-usability per mission for at least 10 missions.
Providing the space industry with low cost and low ecological
To open the mission to the public, so that anyone can participate and become part of the project. Access has been made available for the public to send videos and even hair samples, to the lunar surface within the MoonPIE's Lunar Time Capsule, which is to be left on the moon surface for recovery by future generations.
To land 50m North West of the Apollo 12 landing site to reduce our ecological impact to the lunar surface.
To encourage active engagement, both professional and amateur, within universities, schools, educational facilities and the general public.
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The Moon is Earth's only natural satellite, forming
approximately 100 million years ago, a large rock
covered in craters formed by asteroid impacts. Humans
have forever had an urge to explore the Moon in more
detail for science, resources and the search for
extraterrestrial life. In 2014, the first private mission was
launched in order to study the lunar surface. The Moon is relatively close by, and its huge potential in supplying data and resources, combined with the advanced technology present on Earth today, means private lunar exploration is thriving. Sending satellites to the Moon is easier today than ever before. Since Pioneer 0 in 1958, there have been over 150 credible successful, planned or proposed missions to the Moon.
NASA's Apollo program is the only mission to successfully land humans on the Moon. The first landing took place in 1969, when astronauts placed scientific instruments and returned lunar samples to Earth. There are currently a very limited number of lunar samples on Earth in which a large majority of them belong to the US government. On the 29th of November 2018 three rock fragments, 0.02g, retrieved from the Moon by a Soviet space mission were sold at auction for $855,000.
TCT Aerospace has recognised a major potential for a small moon rock collection mission and, with our team having over 40 years in the space and engineering industry, we have the knowledge and expertise for project implementation.
MoonPIE is a commercial system for retrieving Moon samples, as well as surveying the lunar surface and individual rocks for future Moon mining and exploration. The full mission will aim to capitalise on the miniaturisation of today's technology, thereby using the smallest space hardware possible.
Our Moon Probe Initial Explorer (MoonPIE) mission is designed, not only as a proof of concept of our 80% re-usable spacecraft but also for opening up space for education and public interaction. We believe that it should be possible for everybody to be involved in science and space exploration, and not just the scientists, engineers, and mathematicians working behind the scenes. We are collaborating with universities and schools in order to promote space exploration, lunar resources and the importance of STEM studies.
TCT Aerospace will launch MoonPIE via a piggyback
launch or small launch vehicle in the mid 2020s. After
separation from the launch vehicle, arrival at the Moon
will occur approximately 66hrs later via a trans-lunar
injection, and an orbit-lowering spiral trajectory to
decrease in altitude and land on the lunar surface at the
Apollo 12 landing site. The rover collects a 1kg sample of moon rock which it transfers to the Sphere via the Primary Module, prior to lift-off. MoonPIE launches from the lunar surface and performs a trans-Earth injection from a spiral orbit trajectory, returning to the Earth and landing in the Pacific Ocean. The full mission will aim to capitalise on the miniaturisation of today's technology using the smallest satellite possible.
The mission is scheduled for 2025.
TCT Aerospace have analysed a range of locations on the Moon and the best location for landing, lift-off and excavation is the Apollo 12 landing site.
AMAZING LIMITED OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO BE PART OF OUR SPACE MISSION BY SENDING ITEMS TO THE MOON IN OUR TIME CAPSULE!
We are giving you the chance not to just be a bystander for a space mission but be a part of it. TCT Aerospace believe that missions should be open to everyone. Click Here to be part of the MoonPIE mission