2017 Cubesat

More Goddard CubeSat Mission Concepts Selected for Study

Researchers in Code 690 have leadership roles in six studies selected under the Planetary Science Deep Space SmallSat Studies, or PSDS3, program to develop mission concepts for small satellites.

  1. Valeria Cottini, PI: the CubeSat UV Experiment (CUVE)
  2. Timothy Stubbs, PI: Bi-sat Observations of the Lunar Atmosphere above Swirls (BOLAS)
  3. Tilak Hewagama, PI: Primitive Object Volatile Explorer (PrOVE)
  4. Noah Petro, PI: Mini Lunar Volatiles (MiLUV) mission
  5. Mike Collier, PI: Phobos Regolith Ion Sample Mission (PRISM)
  6. Barbara Cohen, co-Investigator: Lunar Water Assessment, Transport, Evolution, and Resource (Lunar WATER) mission.

CUVE would measure ultraviolet absorption and nightglow emissions to understand Venus' atmospheric dynamics and the structure of the upper clouds.

BOLAS would use tethered CubeSats to investigate the moon's hydrogen cycle, including the mechanisms and dynamics of lunar hydrogen implantation, and how this relates to the formation of the lunar "swirls."

PrOVE would perform a close flyby of a Jupiter-family comet, investigating volatile species released during outbursts in order to probe the origin of the nucleus.

The MiLUV mission would probe the distribution of surface volatiles inside and outside permanently shadowed areas on the moon.

PRISM would investigate the origin of Mars' moon Phobos by studying the surface composition using secondary ion mass spectrometry.

The Lunar WATER mission is designed to unravel the complex processes responsible for the formation, loss, evolution and sequestration of OH and H2O on the moon.

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