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AAC Clyde Space part of Moon mission launched

Intuitive Machines' Nova-C spacecraft launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, carrying AAC Clyde Space's Starbuck power systems.

The Starbuck power systems used in the mission are AAC Clyde Space's most powerful and efficient power solutions. They are designed to be highly reliable with a modular design that can be adapted for an array of different applications stretching from lunar exploration and deep space scientific missions to commercial constellation applications.

"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 end of the decade. We are delighted that Intuitive Machines shares our trust in the Starbuck power system, developed for the needs of small spacecraft," says AAC Clyde Space CEO Luis Gomes.

Power Systems perform a number of vital tasks on spacecraft, such as maximizing power from solar panels, converting it to useful voltages to power electronics and charge batteries, and distributing power to all systems as needed.

Based in the United States, Intuitive Machines created an entire lunar program, including the company's Nova-C lunar lander. The IM-1 mission is Intuitive Machines' first mission as part of NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative, which calls for American companies to deliver science and technology to the lunar surface as part of the agency's Artemis campaign.

"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," said Intuitive Machines President and CEO Steve Altemus. "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."

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