Golden Spike Partners With Draper Laboratory To Conduct Lunar Landing Site Studies

These efforts will maximize the extent of the Moon that Golden Spike missions can explore
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BOULDER, Colo. - Jan. 23, 2014 - PRLog -- BOULDER, CO (January 22, 2014) – The Golden Spike Company—the world’s first enterprise planning to undertake human lunar expeditions for countries, corporations and individuals—announced today a partnership with Draper Laboratory to examine the range of landing sites that Golden Spike can offer for its commercial human missions to the Moon.

Draper provides advanced Guidance, Navigation and Control (GN&C) systems, high-performance, reliable space science instruments, and processing systems for NASA and the U.S. military. Draper provided similar landing site selection studies to NASA’s Constellation lunar landing program.

The study with Draper is one of a number that Golden Spike is undertaking with industry partners in preparation for future flight system procurements. Market studies already conducted for the company show the possibility of 15 to 25 expeditions in the decade following a first commercial landing.

Working with technical staff at Golden Spike, Draper engineers will:

-       Evaluate the compatibility of the Golden Spike lander concepts to determine how the constraints of safely landing, lighting, terrain, orbit, delta-V capability, etc. affect the fraction of the lunar front side available as potential landing areas

-       Evaluate potential enhancements to the Golden Spike landers that may further increase the potential area available for landing

-       Define a recommended notional architecture for Golden Spike lunar mission guidance system including functional allocation, algorithms functionality and electronic architecture

The results of the work will be complete by mid-2014.

"We’re proud to be working with Draper, the gold standard for lunar mission landing site selection, dating from Apollo to the present,” said Dr. S. Alan Stern, Golden Spike’s President and CEO.

“Draper has provided the GNC and flight computers, for all crewed lunar landings. We are excited to bring this expertise to assist Golden Spike in its ambitious objective of opening the lunar frontier,” said Draper study lead John West.

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About Golden Spike: The Golden Spike Company (GSC) is a US-based commercial space company incorporated in 2010 with the objective of providing human exploration expeditions to the Moon for countries, corporations, and individuals in the 2020s. Golden Spike was named after the ceremonial final spike that joined the rails of the first transcontinental railroad across the United States on May 10, 1869, and opened up the North American frontier to new opportunities. Similarly, Golden Spike plans to break new ground and create an enduring link to the lunar frontier, providing regular and reliable expeditions to the Moon at prices comparable to flagship scientific robotic missions. For more information, go to

About Draper Laboratory: Draper Laboratory is a not-for-profit, engineering research and development organization dedicated to solving critical national problems in national security, space systems, biomedical systems, and energy. Core capabilities include guidance, navigation and control, miniature low power systems, highly reliable complex systems, information and decision systems, autonomous systems, biomedical and chemical systems, and secure networks and communications.

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