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The Lunar Flashlight CubeSat instrument: a compact SWIR laser reflectometer to quantify and map water ice on the surface of the moon
Author(s): Udo Wehmeier; Quentin Vinckier; R. Glenn Sellar; Christopher G. Paine; Paul O. Hayne; Mahmood Bagheri; Mina Rais-Zadeh; Siamak Forouhar; Jessica Loveland; Jacob Shelton
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Paper Abstract

The Lunar Flashlight (LF) mission will send a CubeSat to lunar orbit via NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) test flight. The LF spacecraft will carry a novel instrument to quantify and map water ice harbored in the permanently shadowed craters of the lunar South Pole. The LF instrument, an active multi-band reflectometer which employs four high power diode lasers in the 1-2 μm infrared band, will measure the reflectance of the lunar surface near water ice absorption peaks. We present the detailed instrument design and system engineering required to deploy this instrument within very demanding CubeSat resource allocations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 September 2018
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 10769, CubeSats and NanoSats for Remote Sensing II, 107690H (18 September 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2320643
Show Author Affiliations
Udo Wehmeier, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Quentin Vinckier, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
R. Glenn Sellar, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Christopher G. Paine, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Paul O. Hayne, Univ. of Colorado (United States)
Mahmood Bagheri, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Mina Rais-Zadeh, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Siamak Forouhar, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jessica Loveland, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jacob Shelton, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10769:
CubeSats and NanoSats for Remote Sensing II
Thomas S. Pagano; Charles D. Norton, Editor(s)

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