In June, two Clear Lake aerospace companies—Aegis Aerospace at 18050 Saturn Lane, Ste. 300, Houston, and Intuitive Machines at 3700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston—announced they have entered the first Texas-based business-to-business contract to deliver a commercial science payload to the moon.

Under the contract, Intuitive Machines will send Aegis Aerospace’s Space Science & Technology Evaluation Facility to the moon in 2025.

The facility is a science and testing facility designed to accommodate a variety of experiments, such as a 3D-printed antenna, radiation protective materials, sensors and more.