The Peregrine Lunar Lander, developed by private company Astrobotic Technology, will launch on December 24 as part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services initiative. Peregrine will be the first private probe to land on the moon. The Commercial Lunar Payload Services Initiative is a plan to launch lunar missions in partnership with private companies. The launch will be on a United Launch Alliance Vulcan Centaur rocket from the Cape Canaveral Launch Center in Florida.
The Peregrine Lunar Lander is a probe measuring 1.9 meters high and 2.5 meters wide. It will be equipped with various scientific research instruments. The lander will be launched targeting the sinus viscositatis region of the Moon.
The Peregrine mission is designed to study the lunar exosphere, assess the thermal properties and hydrogen presence of the lunar regolith, study magnetic fields, radiation, and test new solar panels.
Peregrine Mission 1 has 10 payloads, including a Laser Retroreflector Array (LRA), Linear Energy Transfer Spectrometer (LETS), Near Infrared Volatile Spectrometer System (NIRVSS), Prospect Ion-Trap Mass Spectrometer (PITMS) and Neutron Spectrometer (NSS). Send on mission to the moon . The five payloads originally planned for this mission have been deferred to future lunar missions.