Houston, Texas – December 9, 2021 – Columbia Sportswear’s new Omni-Heat Infinity reflective technology will be incorporated into Intuitive Machines’ upcoming mission to the Moon. Selected by NASA to build and launch their Nova-C lunar lander, Intuitive Machines’ mission will mark the United States’ first return to the lunar surface in 50 years.
In lab simulations leading up to that 2022 launch, Intuitive Machines researchers have determined that Columbia’s Omni-Heat Infinity gold foil will provide advantages in insulating their lunar lander against extreme temperatures on the Moon. In this one-of-a-kind sponsorship, Intuitive Machines is proud to partner with Columbia and our shared commitment to innovation, technology, and exploration.
“Creating and defining the lunar economy requires making the Moon accessible to everyone,” said Steve Altemus, president and CEO of Intuitive Machines. “Columbia embodies the spirit of exploration, and we’re proud to have their support for America’s return to the Moon.”
“Inspired by reflective technology used by NASA, our Omni-Heat Infinity technology has been tested in many harsh environments on Earth, but the Moon represents a first for us,” said Joe Boyle, President of Columbia Brand. “We look forward to collaborating with Intuitive Machines on their next mission as we continue to push our technology to new heights.”
Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C lunar lander will launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in the first quarter of 2022. Powered by its integrated 3D-printed liquid oxygen and methane engine, Nova-C will deliver 130 kg of NASA and commercial payloads useful to the Moon. In-house manufactured navigation and guidance control will guide Nova to the lunar surface using the world’s first commercially available lunar remote communication network created by Intuitive Machines. Three teams of 12 mission controllers will command and control Nova-C 24/7 during Nova Control’s 21-day mission, becoming Houston’s first lunar landing since Apollo 17 in 1972.
About Intuitive Machines
Intuitive Machines’ comprehensive lunar program opens up the lunar economy to further explore the solar system and gain knowledge for the advancement of humanity. As the premier provider of space services and technologies, Intuitive Machines reestablishes US dominance over the ultimate apex, the Moon. Designed by the greatest minds in spaceflight, IM’s Lunar Program will send the first American spacecraft to the surface of the Moon since the Apollo program and send the first spacecraft to reach the lunar south pole.
About Columbia Sportswear:
Columbia, the flagship brand of Portland, Oregon-based Columbia Sportswear Company, has been creating innovative apparel, footwear, accessories and gear for outdoor enthusiasts since 1938. Columbia has grown into a premier global brand channeling the company’s passion for the outdoors and innovative spirit. in performance technologies and products that keep people warm, dry, cool and protected all year round. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.columbia.com.
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