DPDHL official logistics provider for Moon mission

Deutsche Post DHL (DPDHL) Group and Airbus Defence have come together to support Astrobotic in its plans to develop a lunar payload delivery service.

As a result, DPDHL Group is now the “Official Logistics Provider for Astrobotic’s First Mission to the Moon”.

As part of the agreement, DHL will provide logistics services for Astrobotic’s spacecraft and its customer payloads.

Arjan Sissing, Senior Vice President, Global Brand Marketing, DPDHL Group, said: “DHL has a proud history of connecting its customers to the world. Moon exploration is also a theme that has a special historical significance for us – DHL was founded in 1969, the year of the first moon landing. Today, we are excited to be embarking upon this incredible venture into the next era of logistics – beyond Earth and to the Moon. Having played a pioneering role in logistics for many years, we are looking forward to partnering with Astrobotic to open a new frontier in space, and to further developing lunar logistics in the future.”

Airbus Defence and Space will contribute initial engineering support to Astrobotic through a Memorandum of Understanding, as the company advances its lunar lander design to a preliminary design review.

Astrobotic also unveiled its new “Peregrine” Lunar Lander, which will carry Astrobotic’s first delivery of payloads to the lunar surface. It is unclear whether rockets will be liveried in red and yellow when they finally head to the Moon.