The Project will cause a spacecraft to fly from the Earth
to directly impact the nearside of the Lunar surface.
The Project will use a Russian aerospace contractor's commercial
test launch vehicle. With over 100 launches, this launch
vehicle type has demonstrated a 97% success rate since the
The aerospace contractor will construct a simple spacecraft
with two main functions.
a. During the flight to the Moon the spacecraft shall
transmit to Earth slow-frame, digital video (2 to 4 frames
per second) of the Moon for 6 to 8 hours each day and shall
transmit lunar images during the final 6 to 8 hours of the
b. Carry a container of cargo to the lunar surface.
The inert cargo will mass between 10 and 20 kilograms and
be 0.150 to 0.250 cubic meters volume. The container will
be designed to not burst open upon impact and may be a full-speed
For superior photography, the lunar impact will be timed
to coincide with an approximate sunrise or sunset angle
of 13 to 18 degrees above the horizon, measured at the desired
point of impact. The major client may decide the impact
point on the Lunar surface.
The OrbDev shall organize with the spacecraft builder travel
from Moscow to the Baikonur Cosmodrome and standard accommodation
arrangements near the launch site for up to 3 guests to
view the launch.