John Thornton pioneered the lunar payload delivery business model. He has grown Astrobotic’s business by attracting technology contracts, equity investment, and payload customers. Thornton led the development of Astrobotic’s Polaris lunar rover and Griffin lander. At Carnegie Mellon, Thornton led the build of Scarab, a NASA concept robot for lunar drilling.
Astrobotic Technology, Inc. is a space robotics company that seeks to make space accessible to the world. The company’s lunar lander, Peregrine, delivers payloads to the Moon.