Interorbital Systems is following a step-by-step program to develop the hardware necessary to carry out an affordable systematic conquest of the Solar System. Its unique sea-based or land-based mobile modular launch vehicle, the NEPTUNE, is the key component required to make this goal achievable. Current mission destinations include Low Earth Orbit, the Moon, Mars, and Venus.

IOS NEPTUNE 1 (N1) Test Rocket

NEPTUNE Modular Launch Vehicles: How we get there!

Interorbital's NEPTUNE series modular launch vehicles are built from one or more Common Propulsion Modules, or CPMs, connected in parallel with optional tandem upper stages. Once a space mission's requirements are specified, the launch vehicle can be custom-built for the mission by varying the number of CPMs and tandem upper stages.

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Since the Common Propulsion Modules have fewer systems than standard launch vehicles, they can be rapidly built on an an assembly line. Since the CPMs are all identical, the modular rockets can be assembled with efficient, standardized assembly techniques.

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CPM TV, the first launch of a NEPTUNE series rocket component

Low-Earth Orbit

Interorbital's smallest orbital launch vehicle, the single CPM-based NEPTUNE 1 (N1), is capable of lifting between 6.35 kg (14.0-lbs) and 12-kg (31-lbs) into a circular polar Low-Earth-Orbit. Future multiple CPM variants will be capable of launching progressively larger payloads to Earth orbit and beyond. The flexibility of the NEPTUNE rocket-series allows IOS to quickly customize launch vehicles according to customer need.

With its low-cost satellite kit-and-launch packages, IOS offers the world's most cost-effective space solutions for small-sat customers. Purchase of an IOS satellite kit and launch, complete with the hardware necessary to build a satellite, also places the customer on the IOS launch manifest for the next available flight.

The IOS launch manifest

2-kg Payload Capacity

To the Moon

Interorbital Systems is completing the development of its LunarStation to provide low-cost commercial access to the Lunar surface. A solid rocket motor slows the LunarStation before it is jettisoned for landing on the Moon. It bounces to a stop on the Lunar surface with its airbag deceleration system, deflates its airbags, opens its petals, and activates its payload. Features include solar power, communications, and ports for one or more customer payloads. The LunarStation can carry a 2-kg payload to the Lunar Surface at the lowest price for a Lunar mission on the planet.

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A lunar sample return mission will be the next phase of the IOS Lunar mission program. The sample-return mission’s primary hardware component is the Robotic Interplanetary Prospector Excavator and Retriever, or the RIPPER. RIPPER is an autonomous system, designed to soft-land on the moon or any other body in the Solar System, select surface samples, and then excavate and retrieve them for return to Earth.

In the future, IOS plans to establish a lunar base, with its own regular shuttles to and from the Earth for scientists, industrialists, and tourists alike. IOS manned Lunar space technology will begin with the development of its two-man LEO capsule spacecraft.

Venus, a long-term destination for IOS rockets

Exploring the Solar System

Long-term plans see IOS rockets launched on trajectories throughout the solar system. From establishing settlements on the Moon, Mars, and Venus to sending probes to the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, the modularity of the NEPTUNE series rockets allow Interorbital to change mission profile and destination without the exhaustive development cycles and the extreme costs that characterize the classic aerospace industry.

As IOS production ramps up, expect to see the NEPTUNE Rocket sending payloads to exotic destinations near and far in the Solar System, and beyond. In particular, IOS will provide launch solutions to make human space travel more widely available. Whether exploring remote destinations with scientific probes or ferrying tourists and scientists to the company's research station at the Moon's Southpole, IOS will be a key player in the expansion of New Space.

Venus Mission Paper