Lunar IceCube (Lunar Ice Cube Orbiter)

Lunar IceCube
Lunar IceCube
Lunar IceCube
Lunar IceCube
Lunar IceCube
Name Lunar IceCube (Lunar Ice Cube Orbiter)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 6U
Status Operational (Contact made as reported by NASA on Twitter on 2022-11-17 but orbit needs confirmation as of 2022-12-24)
Launched 2022-11-16
NORAD ID ? (Not yet catalogued and tracked?)
Deployer CSD (Canisterized Satellite Dispenser) [Planetary Systems Corporation]
Launcher SLS (Space Launch System) (Artemis-1)
Organisation Morehead State University
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation US
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Prospect for water ice and other lunar volatiles from a low-perigee lunar orbit

Description

Prospect for water ice and other lunar volatiles from a low-perigee lunar orbit flying only 100 km (62 miles) above the lunar surface. Use an innovative RF Ion engine to achieve lunar capture and the science orbit to allow the team to make systematic measurements of lunar water features. The science goals are to investigate the distribution of water and other volatiles, as a function of time of day, latitude, and regolith composition/mineralogy.

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Keywords Propulsion, Beyond Earth orbit

Last modified: 2023-01-01
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