All systems are “go” and progressing towards our rocket launch! LifeShip is a mission to make space accessible to everyone. If you're reading this, you are one of the early pioneers, and we thank you for joining us.
Meet some of our LifeShip community members and fellow passengers as they share why they are excited to go to space.
Space Is Becoming More Accessible!
Star Trek actor, William Shatner, just flew to space at the age of 90. The experience brought him to tears as he saw our fragile planet in a new way. He says it was the most profound experience he could imagine. See his reaction after the flight.
Now there are more private citizens flying to space than professional astronauts. Space is opening for all of humanity and you are part of this transformation.
It will still be some time before everyone can experience spaceflight. As part of the LifeShip community, we’re creating an experience to give us all a profound experience of being part of space exploration and a feeling of greater connection to the humans and diverse species on spaceship Earth.
Moon Mission #1 with ULA Vulcan, Astrobotic, and Arch Mission Foundation
LifeShip’s first mission to the Moon remains on-schedule for a mid-2022 launch. The ULA Vulcan Centaur rocket is undergoing launch preparation testing and recently went through a first launch day demonstration.
ULA completed a first launch day demonstration (Credit: ULA Blog)
The Astrobotic Peregrine Lander that carries the LifeShip capsule as part of the Arch Mission Lunar Library 2 is in the final stages of assembly and testing.
Check out some recent news about Astrobotic:
- Astrobotic Peregrine lander utilizes 3D printed thermoplastic parts to cut weight
- U.S. commerce secretary tours space robotics facility
The Astrobotic Peregrine Lander (Credit: Astrobotic)
Moon Mission #2 with SpaceX and Firefly
Our second mission to the Moon is progressing towards a 2023 launch. We recently had a critical design review with Firefly Aerospace and have approval on the capsule design and materials, meaning it will soon go to manufacturing. We’ll share photos once it gets made, so stay tuned!
In the meantime, you can learn more about Firefly Aerospace in this great tour by Tim Dodd, known as the Everyday Astronaut. See the Firefly rocket factory tour.
In Other Exciting News...
A solar flare was used in dating a Viking settlement in North America to more than 400 years before Columbus. Humans are explorers. It’s in our DNA to set sail into the unknown in search of new lands. It’s in your DNA too. That is why you are here.
A 100 million-year-old crab was discovered in tree amber. Amber is nature’s time capsule. No DNA was recovered from this cute crab, but DNA from over a million years old has been recovered previously. It is the inspiration for how LifeShip passengers' DNA gets preserved in Synthetic Amber Polymer (SAP).
A tiny 100 million-year-old crab preserved in amber. (Source: CBS news)
Together, our LifeShip community is making space accessible to everyone and taking on a big mission to continue life to the stars. Our whole crew is forever grateful to go on this journey with all of you!