Binar Prospector Satellites

Binar Prospector
Binar Prospector
Spacecraft Binar Prospector
Form factor CubeSat
Units or mass 12U
Organisation Curtin University
Institution University
Entity type Academic / Education
Nation Australia

Binar Prospector will perform high resolution magnetometry of the Moon over targets of interest, to identify economically viable resources.


Binar Prospector will be a Western Australian lunar resource prospecting mission. The principal payload is a magnetometer designed to identify localised accessible volatile deposits and mineralization. Binar Prospector will have a novel mission architecture, with a propulsion system and fuel payload dedicated to maintaining extremely low altitude orbits.

  • Make Australia NASA’s principal partner in in-situ resource utilisation at the Moon (ISRU), supporting a critical element of NASA’s Artemis program.
  • Continue to grow relationships with overseas agencies. Nothing succeeds like a joint mission, with NASA providing the launch, and JPL delivering comms and payload, and payload integration; joint operations with ESA providing mission control.
  • Continue to deliver value for Australian industry partners (Fugro assisting and trialling remote asset management at the Moon; Sitael assisting with propulsion integration and providing project management).
  • Demonstrate an interplanetary-class cubesat that can stand as a default vehicle for future Australian missions.
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Keywords Beyond Earth orbit, Propulsion

Related Spacecraft

Satellite Status Rocket Date Orbit
Binar Prospector A not launched not launched 2025-12-31 Lunar
Binar Prospector B not launched not launched 2025-12-31 Lunar

Last modified: 2024-05-29

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