April 18, 2024
Space Tech

AAC Clyde Space’s Starbuck power systems head to the Moon

Starbuck plays a pivotal role in spacecraft functionality

Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C spacecraft lifted off on February 15, 2024, atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in a significant leap for lunar exploration.

The mission, IM-1, marks Intuitive Machines’ debut under NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative.

The spotlight of this mission is the incorporation of Sweden-headquartered AAC Clyde Space’s cutting-edge Starbuck power systems.

These power solutions, recognised for their superior efficiency, were chosen for their adaptability and reliability. They cater to various applications, from lunar exploration and deep space missions to commercial constellation endeavours.

CEO of AAC Clyde Space, Luis Gomes, stated: “We are excited to be part of this new era of lunar exploration, paving the way for a sustainable human presence on the Moon by the decade’s end.

We are delighted that Intuitive Machines shares our trust in the Starbuck power system, developed for the needs of small spacecraft.”

Maximising power

The Starbuck power systems play a pivotal role in spacecraft functionality, maximising power from solar panels, converting it to usable voltages for electronics and battery charging, and distributing power to all systems as required.

Intuitive Machines, based in the United States, has orchestrated a comprehensive lunar program, culminating in the development of the Nova-C lunar lander.

This mission aligns with NASA’s Artemis campaign, aiming to deliver science and technology to the lunar surface through American companies.

Intuitive Machines President and CEO Steve Altemus highlighted the strategic significance of AAC Clyde Space’s contribution, saying: “Incorporating AAC Clyde Space’s power system into our IM-1 mission Nova-C class lunar lander is not just a choice; it’s a strategic imperative.

“The Starbuck power system is an essential component powering Nova-C, and our aspirations to open access to the Moon for the progress of humanity.”

AAC Clyde Space is a New Space company specialising in small satellite technologies and services that enable businesses, governments, and educational organisations to access high-quality, timely data from space.

This data has many applications, from weather forecasting to precision farming to environmental monitoring.

Featured image: Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C spacecraft pictured before liftoff to the Moon. Image: AAC Clyde Space

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