Primary Mission Objectives:
To collect and return to Earth a token 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 impact missions. 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 to the lunar surface within the MoonPIE's Lunar Time Capsule, which is to be left on the moon's surface for recovery by a future generation.
The landing site is 50m North West of the Apollo 12 landing site to reduce our ecological impact to the lunar surface.
We launch MoonPIE via a 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 lunar Rover collects a 1kg sample of moon rock which it transfers to the MoonPIE Sphere via the Primary Module, The probe will spend 24 hours on the lunar surface before lift-off.
MoonPIE launches from the lunar surface and performs a trans-Earth injection from a spiral orbit trajectory, returning to the Earth where the Pime Module stays in a parking orbit, the Return Sphere lands in the Pacific Ocean.
Our MoonPIE mission is designed, not only as a proof of concept of our 80% reusable 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.