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Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C, SpaceX Delays Lunar Lander Launch Date to February

Launch of Intuitive Machines' Nova-C Delayed to February (Photo: Thomasnet)

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.

Launch of Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C Delayed to February (Photo: Spaceflight Now)

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.

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 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.

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