Griffin Mission One (VIPER)

Griffin Mission One (VIPER)

Falcon Heavy NOV TBD 2024

China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation is scheduled to launch a Long March 2F/G rocket as part of the Shenzhou 19 mission from Site 901 (SLS-1), Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China

Last updated: May 10, 2024

Launch Information

Launch Information

Launch Vehicle Details

Mission NameGriffin Mission One (VIPER)
Launch SiteLC-39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA
Launch VehicleFalcon Heavy
AgencySpaceX
Launch DateNOV TBD 2024
Astrobotics Griffin lander is a lunar lander which will deliver NASAs VIPER rover to the moon as part of the Commercial Lunar Payloads Services (CLPS) program. VIPER (Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover) is a lunar rover developed by NASAs Ames Research Center. The rover will be tasked with prospecting for lunar resources in the western edge of Nobile Crater (South Pole), especially by mapping the distribution and concentration of water ice. Multiple scientific payloads will likely be included on Griffins exterior.

Launch Vehicle - Falcon Heavy

Height70 m (230 ft)
Diameter3.66 m (12.0 ft)
Width12.2 m (40 ft)
Mass1420 t (3130000 lb)
Stages2.5
Payload To LEO63800 Kg / 140660 lb
Payload To GTO26700 Kg / 58860 lb
Payload To MTO16800 Kg / 37040 lb
Payload To Pluto3.5 t (7700 lb)
No Of Boosters2
Burn Time397 sec
PropellantSubcooled LOX / Chilled RP-1
Engine1
Thrust845 kN / 190000 lbf