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Intuitive Machines (Nasdaq: LUNR) Fourth Quarter & Fiscal Year 2023 Earnings Conference Call - Full transcript

Operator: Welcome to Intuitive Machines Fourth Quarter 2023 Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. After the speakers' presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session. As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. Now I would like to turn the conference over to your host, Stephen Zhang,  of Investor Relations.

Stephen Zhang: Thank you.

Operator: Please go ahead.

Stephen Zhang: Good morning. Welcome to the Intuitive Machines fourth quarter 2023 earnings call. Chief Executive Officer, Steve Altemus; and Interim Chief Financial Officer, Steven Vontur are leading the call today. Before we begin, please note that some of the information discussed during today's call will consist of forward-looking statements, setting forth our current expectations with respect to the future of our business, the economy and other events. The company's actual results could differ materially from those indicated in any forward-looking statements due to many factors. These factors are described under forward-looking statements in the company's earnings press release and the company's most recent 10-Q filed with the SEC. We do not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements. We also expect to discuss certain financial measures and information that are non-GAAP measures as defined in the applicable SEC rules and regulations. Reconciliations to the company's GAAP measures are included in the earnings release filed on Form 8-K. Finally, we posted an earnings call presentation on our website, which provides additional context on our operational and financial performance. You can find this presentation on our Investor Relations page at www.intuitivemachine.com/investors. I'll now turn the call over to Steve Altemus.

Steve Altemus: Thanks, Stephen. Welcome, everyone, and thank you for joining us. Today, we'll delve into Intuitive Machines fourth quarter financials covering our fiscal performance and strategic initiatives. Moreover, we'll share updated information reflecting our recent successes, underscoring our current standing as the only U.S. company to ever land on the surface of the Moon. Intuitive Machines' decision to go public last year was driven by a vision to democratize access to the Moon and catalyze the emergence of a lunar economy. This historic move paved the way for groundbreaking lunar exploration and a unique opportunity to broaden access to the Moon for the general commercial population. I've been looking forward to the day when we could join this call and say we accomplished that mission. Exactly one year after going public, Intuitive Machines launched its IM-1 mission and one week later on February 22, we successfully landed, marking the United States' first lunar landing in over 50 years. The successful landing, recognized by the White House, by NASA and our commercial customers fundamentally disrupted the economics of landing on the Moon, while substantially retiring the cost of developing a lunar program, including our Nova-C class lunar lander. This same core lander class is currently scheduled for at least two more missions under NASA's Commercial Lunar Payload Services Initiative or CLPS program, which secured its budget under NASA's new appropriations bill. The recently enacted fiscal year 2024 NASA budget continues to support CLPS along with several other Artemis initiatives. And up next, we expect the announcement of the agency's first Lunar Terrain Vehicle Services contract in early April, responding to the company's first bid as a Prime contractor in the agency's Artemis campaign. The final spending bill appropriated $24.9 billion, which was approximately $2 billion less than the NASA's request. The majority of the $2 billion shortfall was in the Mars sample return program, a program Intuitive Machines has not submitted proposals into. While NASA has openly discussed the cost overruns and program delays for its On-orbit Servicing, Assembly and Manufacturing program or OSAM, there is language in the bill that preserves funding through fiscal year 2024. This preserved funding continues the planned revenue of the company's OMES [Omnibus Multidiscipline Engineering Services] III contract. Despite these political adjustments, NASA's budget continues to bolster the company's roadmap, as we leverage the success of IM-1 to diversify revenue streams and provide a reliable cadence of lunar missions and services. For example, NASA's Near Space Network Services award is still scheduled for May. As a company, we recognize that returning the United States to the Moon for the first time since Apollo 17 was truly an integrated global effort. We worked with government agencies, multiple departments within NASA, the FAA, the FCC and a series of domestic and international partners through our Lunar Data Network and supply chain. Additionally, there is geopolitical and policy alignment with the return to the Moon. As recently described in Defense Intelligence Agency Report titled: "Challenges to Security and Space", China and Russia value superiority in space. The efforts of countries such as China, India, Russia and Japan highlight the values placed on superiority in space by other countries. This has ignited a 21st century space race that is well underway. Amid the surge in geopolitical lunar activity that has recently seen nation states succumb to the challenges of spaceflight, we believe the success of IM-1 mission puts the commercial industry firmly into the space race. Our co-operation with agencies and other countries positions IM as a first mover in this race. The IM-1 mission delivered over 100 kilograms of payloads and shuttled numerous technology demonstrations to the lunar surface. It operated more than 144 hours on the lunar surface, transmitting more than 1.7 gigabytes of science and engineering data across all commercial and NASA payloads. The landing and data delivery from the lunar surface resulted in more than $12 million in success milestone payments in 2024, across NASA and commercial customers. The mission landed further south than any vehicle in the world has ever landed on the Moon, establishing a foundation marked by numerous pioneering achievements, including validating the company's scalable liquid methane and liquid oxygen propulsion system, a future-facing technology we believe is the next step in propulsion innovation required to travel further into our solar system. Our first of its kind vision processing and autonomous landing technology landed within 9.9 degrees from the Moon's South Pole. Massive craters, steep slopes and difficult lighting conditions marked this ominous region of the moon. Proving our autonomous landing technology on our first mission sets the stage for IM-2, which is intended to land on the Moon's South Pole at the Shackleton connecting ridge to search for water ice that may be processed for propulsion and life support in the future. The commercial and NASA payloads on IM-2 complement the pursuit of water on the Moon and the effort to establish a foothold on the South Pole, where NASA's $93 billion Artemis campaign is targeting human missions this decade. IM-2's propulsion and structural components are being assembled in-house and we completed integration of NASA's ice mining drill in the fourth quarter. In addition, Intuitive Machines' Micro-Nova [µNova] Hopper designed to search for water ice in permanently shaded regions of the Moon completed thermal vacuum chamber testing before the end of the year. Since concluding the IM-1 mission in February - on February 29, our team transitioned into assembling and integrating the IM-2 mission lunar lander. It uses the same core Nova-C class vehicle as IM-1, allowing us to capitalize on schedule and cost efficiencies. The team assessing IM-1 data identified just a handful of adjustments will carry over into the IM-2 mission to optimize and refine performance. We will complete the assembly and integration process with only these minor adjustments to the flight proven Nova-C design. Intuitive Machines has been working with NASA to finalize engineering and landing site selection on IM-2, which may marginally impact our targeted 2024 launch time. The IM-1 mission success extends beyond our Lunar Access Services business unit. At the start of the call, I touched on global integration. Intuitive Machines has achieved remarkable success in globally integrating radio astronomy addition[ly] from over a dozen countries, positioning ourselves as the sole commercial provider to validate a lunar distance data service from the Moon's surface. This feat underscores the company's leadership in Lunar Data Services, further demonstrated by its successful augmentation and interoperability with NASA's Deep Space Network. We believe this creates a clear advantage in our pursuit of NASA's Near Space Network Services contract award in the second quarter. In one year's time, the Orbital Services business unit has moved from an incubated idea to a mature revenue and profit center for Intuitive Machines. The Orbital Services business unit secured and is executing on the Omnibus Multidiscipline Engineering Services contract or OMES III, with $12.5 million in revenue recognized in December 2023, OMES III has been instrumental in driving the unit's success. Moreover, the connection between OMES III and NASA's OSAM project is notable as Congress has appropriated funds for OSAM, ensuring continued revenue for that project within the OMES contract through the fiscal year. As Congress pushes for OSAM project performance improvements, Intuitive Machines remains committed, working with NASA through the completion of the OSAM mission under the OMES contract. As Intuitive Machines eagerly [awaits] NASA's announcement for the agency’s Lunar Terrain Vehicle Services contract, the company is diligently preparing for potential award. NASA's LTVS contract holds a total program value of more than $4 billion structured across two phases of award with multiple potential awardees. The first phase expected shortly after first quarter of 2024, entails a feasibility assessment, the award amounting to approximately $30 million over one year. If awarded, this phase aims to mitigate risks associated with developing the company's Nova-D Cargo class lunar lander and advancing the Lunar Terrain Vehicle design. The Intuitive Machines led Moon Racer team is comprised of aerospace and automotive leaders such as AVL, Boeing (NYSE: BA), Michelin (EPA: MICP) Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) [, and Roush] and is poised to leverage this opportunity to propel the next generation of lunar surface mobility. Following the successful completion of the Phase 1 feasibility assessment, Intuitive Machines anticipates bidding on the second LTVS award. This award is earmarked for developing and delivering the Lunar Terrain Vehicle to the Moon. As the company continues demonstrating its capability and reliability in lunar operation, the LTVS award is anticipated to focus on continuity, on delivering infrastructure supporting both NASA's Artemis campaign and commercial interest. We believe this groundbreaking endeavor positions Intuitive Machines as a key player in advancing lunar infrastructure. Furthermore, Intuitive Machines' IM-1 mission served as a platform for validating groundbreaking space products and infrastructure with notable achievements including validating the company's proprietary and scalable VR900 liquid methane/liquid oxygen engine. This engine was validated through the first ever deep space ignition followed by multiple restarts, demonstrating reliability in providing successful spacecraft maneuvers to the lunar surface. Positioned as a future-facing technology, we believe liquid methane and liquid oxygen propulsion are the next evolutionary steps in propulsion technology, which are essential for enabling travel further into the solar system, using the resources we know are already available on other celestial bodies. Other mission elements such as software integration for vision processing and creator recognition for autonomous landing technology were also successfully validated. With these achievements, Intuitive Machines is fielding inquiries and exploring potential opportunities to enter the market with these validated space products. Building on this momentum, the company has submitted its past performance data to NASA for consideration in their next CLPS mission award. We've also attracted a surge of interest from commercial and international partners, including space agencies. We are forging a new relationship with the world-leading cancer research team, interested in leveraging the zero gravity environment for science and medicine. Our Lunar Data Services team is exploring interest in data relay satellite tasking using our flight-proven network and mission operations center. We are reengaging commercial brand partnerships to push traditional earthbound retail technology innovation, while extending new Columbia sportswear innovations to our second mission. Finally, at the start of the call, I mentioned the global landscape of space exploration witnessing a remarkable increase in geopolitical activity with nations worldwide intensifying their efforts to return to the Moon and explore beyond. Last week, South Korea unveiled ambitious plans to establish a new space industry cluster backed by over $1 billion in funding through 2027. The cluster will foster spacecraft development and astronaut training. We view investments in exploration like this with admiration and appreciation, recognizing its positive impact on the global pursuit of scientific advancement. And recall at the end of fourth quarter of 2023, Intuitive Machines formed a strategic partnership with Boryung Corporation, South Korea's premier healthcare investment company, focusing on bolstering critical infrastructure and fostering new research and development ventures in space. This strategic collaboration exemplifies Intuitive Machines' commitment to aligning itself with the evolving global landscape of space exploration. As Intuitive Machines continues to forge partnerships to diversify revenue, the company remains dedicated to staying at the forefront of the shifting dynamics in space exploration. Aligning with this global momentum, we believe Intuitive Machines is strategically positioned to capitalize on the growing interest in space and the Moon, and we're making tangible progress in that pursuit. With that, I'll turn the call over to Intuitive Machines Interim Chief Financial Officer, Steve Vontur.

Steven Vontur: Thank you, Steve, and thanks to everyone joining us today. I'll begin by going through our fourth quarter 2023 results and a few key highlights. We ended the fourth quarter with a contracted backlog of $268.6 million, an increase of $133.4 million and nearly double versus the prior quarter. This backlog includes the first half quarters from the OMES III contract, along with $17.6 million for an International Space Agency payload to be delivered on a future mission and $9.5 million for the Department of Defense, Air Force Research Laboratory JETSON award. As Steve mentioned earlier, we expect more opportunities to expand backlog this year, as we respond to a steady flow of RFP [Request for Proposal] and RFI [Request for Information] request since our successful lunar landing as well as the award decisions coming on key programs such as LTVS, CP-22 and NSNS. Revenue in the quarter was driven primarily by NASA's CLPS contracts and related mission payloads, along with one month of OMES III revenue totaling approximately $12.5 million. The company concluded the fourth quarter with $30.6 million in revenue compared to $38 million in the fourth quarter of 2022. Gross margin improved versus prior quarters and was a positive $1.5 million in the current quarter, driven primarily by the OMES revenue in December. Operating loss was a negative $5.9 million versus $13.0 million in profit for the same quarter of the prior year. Note that the prior year included a one-time NASA change order to move our IM-1 landing location, which came with incremental revenue and high drop through down to income. In addition, Q4 2023 saw higher cost of revenue as well as public company costs, since the leaseback in February of 2023. On the cash side, we ended 2023 with a cash balance of $4.5 million, which is after a debt pay down of $12 million in the quarter. We have only $8 million of debt remaining on our balance sheet. Note that as of March 1, 2024, our cash balance increased to $54.6 million driven by $50.6 million of warrant exercises from an institutional investor along with a $10 million equity strategic investment. In addition, we have invoiced NASA along with other commercial payload customers, the mission completion payments for IM-1, totaling approximately $12.5 million as a result of our successful landing. This will further strengthen our cash position for the year. It's worth noting that, our March 1 cash position is the largest balance since any quarter end position last year, and we believe provides us with sufficient capital for the near-term, given our continued capital and cost discipline. Going forward, we will continue to be opportunistic in the capital markets for defensive capital to further strengthen the balance sheet. We became shelf eligible on March 1 and as a good housekeeping measure, we plan to file an S3 self-registration statement following our 10-K. Operating cash used during the quarter was $22.3 million with CapEx of $2.2 million, resulting in free cash flow in the quarter of an outflow of $24.6 million. As previously discussed, with the completion of our new lunar production and operations center, CapEx was normalized in the fourth quarter compared to recent quarters. Going forward, CapEx is expected to be significantly lower relative to the prior year, excluding the impact of any new awards and associated CapEx requirements. Looking ahead, we expect 2024 to be a transformational year for us, both operationally and financially, building up our recent mission execution success. On the revenue side, we expect sales to expand significantly this year based on the current backlog. Our revenue outlook in 2024 could be further favorably impacted if we are successful in winning our existing pursuits, such as LTVS, CP-22 and NSNS. We expect gross margin will continue to improve as we execute on OMES, as well as drive cost efficiencies for IM-2 and IM-3 given the prior development and learnings from our successful IM-1 mission. Q1 in particular is expected to be favorable, given the full quarter OMES execution along with the final NASA and commercial payload payments for IM-1. As I mentioned earlier on backlog, we expect continued backlog growth this year driven by key program awards. LTVS is expected to be awarded in the coming weeks with NSNS and the next CLPS award, CP-22, expected sometime in Q2, 2024. Additionally, we have seen a significant uptick in request for proposals and information following our successful lunar landing and we hope to capitalize on our momentum. On the cash side, with $54.6 million as of March 1 and the final IM-1 success payments to be collected, we will remain well capitalized to execute on existing contracts to fund future growth. Overall, we come into 2024 from a position of financial strength. We've expanded our cash position with lower debt, we've grown backlog, our margins are improving and our future opportunities are brighter than ever. We look forward to another successful year of execution. With that, operator, we are now ready for questions.

Operator: Today's first question is coming from Austin Moeller of Canaccord Genuity. Please go ahead.

Austin Moeller: With IM-2, the revisions that you have to make, I guess, they're relatively minor. Does that still put you in a position to launch that mission in 2024?

Steve Altemus: Steve Altimus here. We have been through a review of reconstructing the mission and identified the areas that needed adjustments in terms of antennas and cameras and software changes, certainly laser rangefinder enable switch harnessing improvements, those have all been made. We really don't see any impacts to the schedule based on the changes from IM-1. They are fairly straightforward. We are working with NASA closely, as NASA is repositioning our landing site. They want to get to an area where they have some confidence that there might be water ice on the South Pole. We are adjusting the landing site to the Shackleton connecting ridge and what that does is, that might have a marginal impact generally, but we are still planning for a 2024 mission for IM-2.

Austin Moeller: And just a follow-up on NSNS, do you expect to be able to collect more revenues from that program once the first [COM] satellite is positioned in lunar orbit?

Steve Altemus: Actually there is what they call -- when we anticipate an award notification in the May time frame, as I indicated in my opening remarks. And that contract is structured in a way where NASA funds what they call a verification task order, and that verification task order is to put in place that basic initial operating capability that gives you the data relay from around the Moon back to Earth. And so, it's not necessarily singular to a satellite that we put around, but it's getting through that verification phase of the data relay satellites over a period of, I think, it's 24 months - 24 to 36 months - to get that verification done. After that's accomplished the service revenue would kick in.

Operator: The next question is coming from Joshua Sullivan of The Benchmark Company.

Joshua Sullivan: Just as far as the Near Space Network Service contract. What weight is put on past performance? And now that Intuitive has validated lunar data service from the Moon, can you just provide us any detail on kind of the contract structure waiting?

Steve Altemus: Let's see. I might not be able to correlate it directly to a weighting number. However, we know the contract procurement process is moving forward as several of the vendors, including Intuitive Machines, of course, have made the competitive range and NASA has opened up oral discussions and talked to us about clarifications and asked for a final proposal for that. We know the procurement is moving forward. We know also that the relevant experience and past performance was they requested updates to that and specifically updates based on our mission success from Mission 1. That gives us some confidence that we are moving forward in the process and closer to an award hopefully in the May timeframe, Josh.

Joshua Sullivan: And then just on the changes or potential changes in the landing site for IM-2. Are you expecting any change payments as you received for IM-1 when that happened?

Steve Altemus: Yes. In fact, we are. NASA sent us yesterday a request for tax order modification to impact from a cost and schedule standpoint and technically what it would take to move to this particular landing site on the Shackleton ridge. It's just very close to an original landing site, but there's been back and forth and analysis that's been done. All that will be costed and submitted back to the government here in the first week of April, and then we will accept that modification and certainly we will cover our costs that we would anticipate based on that movement in the schedule.

Joshua Sullivan: And then just one last one. As far as the lunar terrain vehicle contract, are you still bidding as a Prime there?

Steve Altemus: Yes, Josh. We are really proud as Intuitive Machines enters human spaceflight as a Prime contractor on the Artemis program's LTV. That's a developed lunar terrain vehicle or moon buggy with Intuitive Machines as a Prime. The Moon Racer team includes ABL, an automotive company, includes Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Michelin to name a few [Roush]. We have a really powerful team. We're very confident in our capability and our design. We're looking forward to hearing about that next week or in the coming weeks. So it represents a significant entrance for us as essentially system integrator for Artemis program element. What's interesting about that, I don't know if folks know is that, that's really a blend of a NASA element that is owned and operated by the commercial entity, which is [Intuitive] Machines in this case. While NASA is operating the rover with their astronauts, when they're not there, Intuitive Machines can operate that rover autonomously and provide services for commercial customers and international governments for mobility on the surface and to collect science and engineering data. It really becomes an asset of Intuitive Machines on the Moon that's operating for up to 10 years.

Operator: The next question is coming from Andres Sheppard of Cantor Fitzgerald. Please go ahead.

Andres Sheppard: Congratulations on the quarter. Let me just once more share my congratulations on our first successful mission. I wanted to maybe just touch on the backlog, $268 million can you just remind us over what time period you might expect to recognize that into revenue? And then additionally, with now $12.5 million in revenue collected from the OMES contract, should we expect that kind of similar run rate on a monthly basis over the next five years? Is that the best way to think about it?

Steven Vontur: Yes. This is Steve Vontur, Andres and thanks for the comments. The majority of the increase in backlog that we see at year-end came from the OMES task orders. And so that's a one year set of task orders that we were awarded. We will expect to burn that off in 2024. As far as the run rate, we expect the $12.5 million in December is right on par with what we expect monthly throughout the rest of the past quarter term.

Andres Sheppard: I guess, just on liquidity, you mentioned your cash balance as of end of March. I'm curious, what kind of margins are you expecting throughout the year and how are you thinking about that capital needs? Obviously, you're going to have the OMES contract kicking in every month, every quarter. Do you foresee a need to have to raise additional capital? Or do you feel like you're in a good place now given where you are?

Steven Vontur: Overall, on margins, we expect margins to improve. OMES is a big factor there since it is a positive margin contract in our outlook. The rest of the cash balance that we currently have, we believe will be sufficient to get us through the remainder of the year, without any further awards that we are currently pursuing. I think that's the best way to look at our current cash balance as of March 1 and how it burns through the rest of the year. Then, anything we get awarded would hopefully be positive to that cash flow forecast. Does that answer your question?

Steve Altemus: I would add one other piece, Andres, is that, we will continue to remain opportunistic about capital raise in the future to keep looking at ways to accelerate the growth of the company. Like Steve said, we are confident that the cash balance carries us through the year that's with no additional wins. But we are in a fantastic position for awards on LTV and CP-22, that next CLPS award. We can't forget about that one, that's moving forward and the NSNS contract. And so, with the existing contract backlog we have this year, which will burn off nearly 80% of that this year, and those additional contract awards that puts us in a great position moving forward even beyond 2024. And then should we have delays like we experienced last year, we are still sufficient capital on the balance sheet to get us through 2024.

Andres Sheppard: And maybe if I could just squeeze one last one regarding the LTV contract. I just want to make sure, I’m understanding this correctly. I think you said you expect this contract to be decided over the next few weeks, if I heard correctly? And then the Phase 1, you expect that to be awarded to multiple teams, if I understand correctly. I guess, what would be the contract work that you are targeting for that Phase 1 or what's the best way to think about that?

Steve Altemus: Yes. The Phase 1 work, we believe there will be essentially two phased awards and each one is a gate to move to the next phase. We think this is a multiple award, where two or more teams might win an award in Phase 1. And what that will be the preliminary design and assessment of the delivery system. In this case, it's our Nova-D Cargo lunar lander that takes about 1.5 metric tons to the lunar surface. It is also the preliminary design and assessment of the LTV itself. That's a 12 month period, priced at roughly $30 million. We expect two or three awards, like I said. The follow-on then will be a result of that to take the design to a full maturation. And then we think the full value of that contract is on the order of $4.5 billion over a 10 year period and that will be divided under multiple awardees, we believe.

Operator: The next question is coming from Suji DeSilva of ROTH MKM.

Suji DeSilva: Congratulations, guys. The LTV award, sorry, I have a bad word. The LTV award for Phase 2, isn't there significant synergy if you're providing the Nova-D and the lander that would derisk that? That would make that a fairly significant consideration in that award.

Steve Altemus: Absolutely, Suji. That was our intent and our strategy going into the bid, it was to put a team together that can provide a complete service with demonstrated ability to deliver such a high value piece of cargo for the Artemis program to the surface of the Moon. With our first mission success, it really just puts us standing tall in terms of our competitiveness to that procurement.

Suji DeSilva: My other question is on the staffing you're at now and the Houston operations center you opened up. In supporting these incremental pipeline awards, are you at a staff where you could support those? Would that need to be incrementally added? Just any thoughts there would be helpful.

Steve Altemus: Currently, we're staffed both here in Houston at our Luna Production Operations Center and up in Maryland based on that OMES contract for satellite servicing and the Nova work we're doing on OMES III. We have adequate staff. As we look at these awards, it's a first world problem to add incremental staff to organize and manage the work as it comes in. We anticipate that we'll remain fairly flat in terms of staff needs and burn rate this year, even with these significant awards because, number one, we've rolled off Mission 1. So that if we do receive a CP-22 award that work force will roll into CP-22, which is the next CLPS award. And then the LTV and NSNS contracts, as I've talked about have other team members that will also provide workforce. We're not necessarily looking for a large ramp-up this year in workforce associated with these contracts that we're talking about, just the minor adjustments as we go forward.

Operator: The next question is coming from Mike Crawford of B. Riley Securities.

Mike Crawford: I guess this is for Steven Vontur. Did you say that of the $269 million of backlog that you expect to recognize 80% or $215 million of that as revenue in 2024?

Steven Vontur: Approximately. That would be primarily the OMES contract, as I said earlier, we are burning at about $12.5 million in revenue on that. And then the rest would be CLPS contracts, IM-2 and 3.

Mike Crawford: And then of the $12.5 million of success payments you expect to receive from IM-1, is that out of a possible how much of success payments were you eligible to potentially receive?

Steve Altemus: While we highlighted that one, Mike, that's the way we broke it down with the milestone, the only payload that we did not receive data back was SCALPSS payload, which studied the engine plume interaction with the dust on the surface of the Moon. And so we held back 5% based on that payload not activating, not collecting that data. However, we were able to get data to replace that through our own cameras that give us good understanding of the regular behavior and we are going offer that back to NASA. We expect the combination of about 95% of the NASA payment to be received and then an augmentation for equitable adjustments for the additional data that we can deliver to NASA that puts us well over 100% of the planned payment.

Mike Crawford: Just finally one kind of broader question, while we are waiting for department final NDAA, would besides just continuing resolution, we do have a NASA budget, although it's flattish. Is there anything that you like or don't like about the massive budget that you just received?

Steve Altemus: Like I said in my comments, the budget is probably $2 billion less than requested by NASA. And when we first looked at it, it looks like the roadmap that we put together as a company for commercializing cislunar space and providing infrastructure to the Moon is fully supported and we like that. That puts us, that means we're on the right track, and it shows that the government is still committed to returning humans to the Moon in a sustainable way. And so, that's a really fantastic outcome to have such strong bipartisan support for the Artemis campaign. We did see -- I did mention the OSAM project, which is On-orbit Satellite Servicing and Manufacturing that's under the OMES contract. When we took over that contract that project had some cost challenges and schedule challenges. And so, we're working very closely with NASA to put that project back in the box and get it launched and under the cost bogey that NASA was looking to meet. We received notice from the spending bill or the appropriations that funding is in place for the task order in 2024. But the future is not set there. Should we, NASA and us as the Prime contractor not be able to put that back in the box, there's a chance that the will to fly that one won't be there. And so there's a little uncertainty there in the OMES contract after 2024. That's the only piece that you asked that would give us some pause, and that's the one that I mentioned in my opening remarks. But we're confident, we have a plan for that one and we're at full funding. These task orders run year-by-year. There is a considerable amount of alternative work that fits that OMES contract. It's an Omnibus Multidiscipline Engineering contract. So a number of projects and programs within Goddard fall under that contract. And so if we see the OSAM project under a threat, we'll have additional work, I'm sure, provided by the center and NASA to protect those jobs up in Maryland. Other than that I think I'm very pleased with where the NASA budget is.

Operator: Thank you. There are no further questions. I'd like to turn the floor back over to Intuitive Machine's CEO, Steve Altemus for closing comments.

Steve Altemus: Thank you, everyone, for joining today's call. I appreciate thanks for our successful landing on February 22nd. It was truly a monumental event. Intuitive Machines made history with that soft-landing on the Moon. We look forward to representing the United States and our stakeholders, as we make more historic achievements in the months and years to come. Thank you very much.

Steven Vontur: Thank you, guys.

Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your participation. This concludes today's event. You may disconnect your lines or log off the webcast at this time and enjoy the rest of your day.

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