Built for the
Moon and

A deep space infrastructure company

Crescent provides critical services for lunar missions and beyond.


Lunar communications and navigation services

Communication and navigation are fundamental to lunar science, exploration and development. Crescent makes this common infrastructure available as-a-service for all missions.

A legacy of innovation and excellence in space

Crescent leverages Lockheed Martin’s technical heritage and experience to ensure mission success, while also serving our customers with agility and operating an efficient and reliable network.

Easier access to the Moon for all customers

Crescent lowers the barrier of entry for customers looking to explore, develop and do business on and around the Moon, opening up new opportunities for commercial growth in space.

Communicating from and navigating on the Moon is challenging. Beyond Earth orbit, lunar missions must overcome vast distances and harsh conditions. The Parsec network in lunar orbit makes it easy to stay connected and find your way through the challenging lunar environment.


Connection is key

The Parsec service uses a system of small satellites working in unison to allow for seamless connection between the Earth and the people and assets on the lunar surface. These satellites create an orbiting relay network that provides complete communication and navigation coverage to meet the needs of all lunar missions.

The communication link between lunar assets and the Earth is controlled by the network to allow mission planners to focus on operations. Mission planners can have confidence that the network’s end-to-end communication services will deliver their data back to Earth securely and efficiently.

Charting a path

Astronauts and other lunar systems can rely on the Parsec network’s navigation capabilities to keep missions on target and for support when courses must change. The interoperable nodes work together to act as a lunar positioning system, informing those on the surface of their exact location, hidden hazards and even how to get back to base.

Knowing before going is critical to crew safety. Future astronauts can rest easy as the service will be ready before they take their first steps on the Moon. The Parsec network will be operational in 2026, with additional nodes added thereafter to support growth of the lunar economy.

Building on mission success

Parsec is built on proven systems and technologies:

Curio SmallSat bus, used for NASA’s Janus and Lunar Trailblazer missions, Curio is a modular and capable deep-space smallsat platform.
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The SmartSat software framework enables on-orbit reconfigurability and mission flexibility.
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COMPASS/Horizon products automate mission planning and satellite command and control.
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We're space-tested entrepreneurs and technologists.

Crescent is committed to delivering reliable infrastructure services in deep space.

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Jason Hopkins

VP, Strategy & Business Development
In his role as Crescent’s vice president of strategy and business development, Jason Hopkins builds on his extensive experience developing and operating space missions for defense and NASA programs, both as a civil servant and an industry partner. In addition to having served on the US Senate’s Science and Space Subcommittee, he also managed operations for the Vehicle Assembly Building and Shuttle Crawler at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, as well as led test integration for NASA’s inaugural Orion flight in 2014.
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Lindsay Papsidero

Parsec Director
As the director of Crescent’s commercial lunar communications services program, Parsec, Lindsay runs the communications and navigation service that Crescent offer’s its commercial customers. She brings nearly 10 years of robust expertise to the table, having worked as a chief technologist and systems architect on a wide array of space missions across exploration, commercial, and military customers.
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Chris Leeds

Communications Architect
As the communications architect for Crescent, Chris Leeds builds on his experience designing, building, and operating deep space and interplanetary spacecraft for NASA. Chris worked as the telecommunications subsystem lead for missions like NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mars Odyssey, as well as NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter. Before joining Crescent to help establish lunar communications and navigation services, Chris worked on Lockheed Martin Space’s deep space exploration team to create the Curio SmallSat bus.
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John Ware

Systems Architect
As the systems architect for Parsec, John crafts the technical solution behind Crescent’s communications and navigation service across ground and space elements. His prior experience in systems engineering, mission design and dynamic analysis span multiple domains and customers. Before developing Parsec, John worked on government technology demonstration programs.
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Company News

Today, Crescent Space Services LLC announced its entry into the lunar infrastructure sector. Crescent Space is a new commercial company launched by Lockheed Martin that provides infrastructure-as-a-service for lunar missions.
Company Commercializes Horizon™ and Compass™ Command and Control and Mission Planning Software Designed to Support Constellations of Any Size

To help future developers of commercial satellite constellations plan missions and operate their systems, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is now offering commercial licenses to its proven Horizon Command & Control (C2) and Compass Mission Planning software.
Lockheed Martin announces official name for new line of deep space SmallSats

The commercial small spacecraft industry is revolutionizing and enabling our approach to developing a diverse portfolio of agile SmallSat missions. Lockheed Martin is taking advantage of these maturing technologies to enable smaller, lower cost spacecraft mission designs for planetary, astronomy, heliophysics and earth science missions, as well as lunar communication and navigation and low-cost demonstrations.

Lockheed Martin developed a novel and scalable deep space SmallSat spacecraft architecture to get the job done. Debuting on NASA’s Janus and Lunar Trailblazer missions in the not-so-distant future, the SmallSat platform now has an official name: Curio.
Tech that enables new missions and capability with a software push will be ready for launch this year

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced a new generation of space technology launching this year that will allow satellites to change their missions in orbit. Satellites that launched one, ten or even fifteen years ago largely have the same capability they had when they lifted off. That's changing with new architecture that will let users add capability and assign new missions with a software push, just like adding an app on a smartphone. This new tech, called SmartSat, is a software-defined satellite architecture that will boost capability for payloads on several pioneering nanosats ready for launch this year.