Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C and SpaceX have announced that the launch date for the lunar lander has been postponed to February instead of its original launch date in January.
SpaceX Launch of Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C Delayed to February
SPACE reports that the Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C could be the very first private lunar lander. However, its launch was pushed back by a month instead of its initial launch schedule in January.
The Intuitive representative stated that the Intuitive Machines Nova-C will now wait an extra month and will probably launch no earlier than mid-February. The representative released in a statement that the updated window comes after unfavorable weather conditions that resulted in the delay of the launch.
New Launch Date Target of Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C
According to Techcrunch, the new launch date of Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C will be a full month after the initial schedule which was January 12-16 window, this is due to the mission profile: Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C spacecraft is aiming to land near the lunar south pole. Thus, it requires specific lighting conditions that are only present on a handful of days each month.
Moreover, Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C is also constrained by launch infrastructure availability causing the delay of the spacecraft.