A rendering of the Nova-C lander on the Moon. [credit: Intuitive Machines ]
Standing on a runway in southeast Houston, Tim Crain needed to elevate his voice to be heard over the roar of a supersonic jet taking off within the distance.
The current and future have come collectively on the Houston Spaceport. On an virtually every day foundation, present NASA astronauts take T-38s out for flights to hone their flying abilities or to jet throughout the nation for mission coaching. Just a few hundred meters away from the principle runway, Intuitive Machines is testing rocket engines to help lunar landings.
Crain is the chief expertise officer for Houston-based Intuitive Machines, which is constructing landers to take cargo to the lunar floor. Intuitive Machines has a mix of NASA and industrial contracts and has emerged as one in every of a brand new technology of largely small corporations looking for to increase the sphere of financial exercise to the lunar floor.
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