Private Peregrine lunar lander completes prelaunch testing

A private American lunar lander has just cleared a major obstacle on the way to its first space flight this year.

The Peregrine lunar lander, built by Astrobotic, completed the last of its space qualification tests this month, the Pittsburgh-based company announced Wednesday (Jan. 25). Now engineers are awaiting United Launch Alliance (ULA) approval to send Peregrine from Pittsburgh to Florida for pairing with the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Vulcan Centaur rocket.

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