Lunar Flashlight
Lunar Flashlight
Lunar Flashlight
Lunar Flashlight
Lunar Flashlight
Lunar Flashlight
Lunar Flashlight
Lunar Flashlight
Lunar Flashlight
Name Lunar Flashlight
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Status Operational but will take about 4 months to reach its scientific Lunar orbit (News as of 2022-12-21).
Launched 2022-12-11
NORAD ID 54697
Deployer Mercury [Maverick]
Launcher Falcon 9 (Intuitive Machines IM-1)
Organisation NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Institution Space agency
Entity Government (Civil / Military)
Nation US
Oneliner

Illuminate permanently-shadowed regions and detect water ice absorption bands in the near-infrared.

Description

Illuminate permanently-shadowed regions and detect water ice absorption bands in the near-infrared. Lasers in 4 different bands illuminate the lunar surface with a 3 degree beam (1Km). Light reflected off the lunar surface enters the spectrometer to distinguish water ices from regolith. Lunar Flashlight underwent a major architecture change in mid-2015
• The solar sail was unable to provide a stable orbit around the moon due to the perturbations caused by Earth
• Lunar Flashlight traded designs and architecture for two new elements
– Active illumination source
– High ΔV propulsion system
• Reflectometer instrument and regolith water measurements are unchanged

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Keywords Propulsion, Beyond Earth orbit

Last modified: 2022-12-29
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