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Flexitech Aerospace delivers S-band TT&C lunar lander antennas

(1 February 2021 - Flexitech) Flexitech Aerospace has delivered engineering and flight models of its Turnstile S-Band for the TT&C communications system to Intuitive Machines for its Nova-C lander, which will carry NASA-provided and commercial payloads to the Moon.

Designed and manufactured by Flexitech Aerospace, the antennas provide continuous coverage of S-Band from 2 to 2.4GHz. With a wide-angle hemispheric pattern, it is ideal for achieving communications access over a large range of spacecraft attitudes.

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IM receives Flexitech's Turnstile S-Band (courtesy: Intuitive Machines)

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Intuitive Machines' IM-1 Nova-C on the lunar surface (courtesy: Intuitive Machines)

Planned for launch in the fourth quarter of 2021 the Nova-C Lander will carry experiments to the moon’s surface. The TT&C radio link will relay commands as well as critical health and payload data from the lander during its journey to the moon and on the surface. Work has already started on the hardware for the lander and through this year the integration and test of the RF communications systems will be completed.

Kevin Jackson, CTO of Flexitech Aerospace said, “We are extremely proud and excited to be supporting Intuitive Machines on this mission to the moon. Our antennas will play a key role in providing the critical link back to earth on the way to the moon and on the surface”.

About Flexitech Aerospace

Flexitech Aerospace is a space RF engineering company providing analysis, design and manufacturing of satellite RF communications systems and components. Located in Orlando, FL, Flexitech Aerospace has successfully developed and manufactured a wide range of RF systems and components including deployable and fixed antennas that are now in-orbit. Over 30 antennas designed and manufactured by Flexitech Aerospace are supporting missions in space today.

About Intuitive Machines

Intuitive Machines is a premier provider and supplier of space products and services that enable sustained robotic and human exploration to the Moon, Mars and beyond. We drive markets with competitive world-class offerings synonymous with innovation, high quality, and precision. Whether leveraging state-of-the-art engineering tools and practices or integrating research and advanced technologies, our solutions are insightful and have a positive impact on the world.