Simi Valley, California-based Frontier Aerospace was already constructing 150-pound and 10-pound thrusters for Astrobotics’ Peregrine lunar lander, when the Pittsburgh-based firm awarded Frontier Aerospace a contract in January to construct 700-pound-thrust axial engines for the Griffin lunar lander.
The Peregrine lander is scheduled to launch in late 2021 on the primary flight of the United Launch Alliance Vulcan Rocket. The bigger Griffin Lunar Lander is slated for launch in 2023 to move NASA’s Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover to the moon’s South Pole.
Frontier Aerospace is scheduled to conduct the primary sizzling fireplace checks of the Griffin engines this summer season and to ship flight certified engines to Astrobotic in 2022.
“We’ve entrusted Frontier’s engines to carry out probably the most crucial propulsive maneuvers on GM1, constructing on our profitable relationship from our first Peregrine mission,” Daniel Gillies, Astrobotic mission director for Griffin Mission One, mentioned in an announcement.
Frontier Aerospace is increasing its product suite to supply electrical propulsion along with custom-built liquid propulsion programs.
“If an organization got here to us immediately and mentioned, “We’d like engines or perspective management programs starting from two kilos to 1,000 kilos,” we are able to create the engine for them,” Bryce Dabbs, Frontier Aerospace vp of finance and operations, informed SpaceNews.
In 2021, Frontier Aerospace has confirmed contracts valued at round $15 million, together with work for Astrobotic and Masten Area Methods. Masten chosen Frontier Aerospace to supply thrusters for the XL-1 lunar lander.
Frontier Aerospace obtained its begin with a Small Enterprise Innovation Analysis contract for the U.S. Missile Protection Company.
Lately, the startup has shifted its focus to creating propulsion programs for geostationary orbit and deep area beneath NASA contracts.