|Name||LunIR (SkyFire, Lunar InfraRed imaging)|
|Units or mass||6U|
|Status||Was semi-operational? (Post on Twitter on 2022-12-08 as of 2022-12-24)|
|NORAD ID||? (Not yet catalogued and tracked?)|
|Deployer||CSD (Canisterized Satellite Dispenser) [Planetary Systems Corporation]|
|Launcher||SLS (Space Launch System) (Artemis-1)|
Lunar fly-by to collect spectroscopy and thermography using mid-wave infra-red sensor.
During lunar fly-by, it will collect spectroscopy and thermography, address both Moon and Mars SKGs for surface characterization, remote sensing, and site selection. Hosting a mid-wave Infra-Red (MWIR) sensor. It will help address strategic knowledge gaps related to surface characterization, remote sensing, and site selection observations. The data collected on thermal environments will add to the body of knowledge on the composition, structure, interaction with the space environment, and interaction with solar particles and the lunar regolith.
The company said in December that an “unexpected issue with our radio signal” kept the spacecraft from conducting any observations during the flyby. Nonetheless, Lockheed called the mission a successful technology demonstration by proving that an infrared sensor and cryocooler could be packaged into a 6U cubesat.
|Failure cause||Ran into an unexpected issue with our radio signal and couldn’t snap any pics of the Moon.|
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|Keywords||Propulsion, Beyond Earth orbit|