Odyssey Moon will begin service with its “Odyssey-1” class of lunar lander consisting of a basic platform developed from NASA Common Spacecraft Bus technology that is designed to be capable of placing approximately 50 kilograms of payloads on the surface of the Moon. The Odyssey-1 platform was designed to land in benign areas of the Moon, meaning those regions that are determined to have relatively flat topography and fewer landing hazards.
Odyssey Moon intends to develop an “Odyssey-2” class lunar lander with precision landing and hazard avoidance technologies to increase the range of operations and accessible destinations. This capability is seen as a critical enabler of access to a broader variety of lunar terrain. These enhanced capabilities will also allow later access to polar-regions, which are considered important areas for both science and exploration and are a favored location for robotic and manned lunar bases.