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The Lunar IceCube mission provides several benefits to NASA, other government agencies, and the commercial space sector.  These benefits fall into four categories:<\/p>

1.) Science for future human exploration,<\/p>

2.) Enabling technologies,<\/p>

3.)  Implementation of a ground station for deep space smallsat missions, and<\/p>

4.) Development of processes for SLS (and conceivably other heavy launch vehicles) to accommodate secondary payloads.<\/p>", "programDirectors": {"programDirector": "Jason Crusan"}, "coInvestigators": {"coInvestigator": "Pamela E Clark"}, "responsibleProgram": "Advanced Exploration Systems Division", "workLocations": {"workLocation": [ "Kentucky", "Maryland" ]}, "supportedMissionType": "Planned Mission (Pull)", "endDate": "Feb 2020", "primaryTas": {"technologyAreas": [ { "code": 2, "name": "In-Space Propulsion Technologies", "id": 3252 }, { "code": 2.2, "name": "Non-Chemical Propulsion", "id": 3424 }, { "code": "2.2.1", "name": "Electric Propulsion", "id": 4090 } ]}, "description": "

Lunar IceCube is a 6U CubeSat that will launched by SLS on EM-1.  Its mission is to prospect for water in ice, liquid, and vapor forms and other lunar volatiles from a low-perigee, inclined lunar orbit.  Morehead State University is leading the development of Lunar IceCube under a NextSTEP partnership.  Lunar IceCube will use the Broadband InfraRed Compact High Resolution Exploration Spectrometer (BIRCHES), developed by Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). BIRCHES is a compact version of the successful New Horizons instrument designed with the high spectral resolution (5 nm) and wavelength range (1 to 4 µm) needed to distinguish forms of water, including ice.  This compact, extremely sensitive spectrometer can be adapted for future small satellite missions in support of solar system exploration. Lunar IceCube will use an innovative RF Ion engine combined with a low energy trajectory to achieve lunar capture and a science orbit of 100 km perilune.<\/p>", "technologyMaturityCurrent": 5, "title": "Lunar IceCube", "leadOrganization": { "name": "Morehead State University", "type": "Academic" }, "technologyMaturityEnd": 9, "additionalTas": {"technologyAreas": [ { "code": 3, "name": "Space Power and Energy Storage", "id": 3238 }, { "code": 3.1, "name": "Power Generation", "id": 3255 }, { "code": "3.1.3", "name": "Solar", "id": 3439 }, { "code": 4, "name": "Robotics and Autonomous Systems", "id": 3239 }, { "code": 4.5, "name": "System-Level Autonomy", "id": 3278 }, { "code": "4.5.2", "name": "Activity Planning, Scheduling, and Execution", "id": 3602 }, { "code": 5, "name": "Communications, Navigation, and Orbital Debris Tracking and Characterization Systems", "id": 3243 }, { "code": 5.2, "name": "Radio Frequency Communications", "id": 3282 }, { "code": "5.2.4", "name": "Flight and Ground Systems", "id": 3717 }, { "code": 7, "name": "Human Exploration Destination Systems", "id": 3245 }, { "code": 7.1, "name": "In-Situ Resource Utilization", "id": 3293 }, { "code": "7.1.1", "name": "Destination Reconnaissance, Prospecting, and Mapping", "id": 3739 }, { "code": 7.5, "name": "Mission Operations and Safety", "id": 3297 }, { "code": "7.5.3", "name": "Integrated Flight Operations Systems", "id": 3830 }, { "code": 8, "name": "Science Instruments, Observatories, and Sensor Systems", "id": 3246 }, { "code": 8.1, "name": "Remote Sensing Instruments and Sensors", "id": 3299 }, { "code": "8.1.1", "name": "Detectors and Focal Planes", "id": 3817 } ]}, "lastUpdated": "2018-10-10", "supportingOrganizations": {"organization": [ { "acronym": "GSFC", "city": "Greenbelt", "name": "Goddard Space Flight Center", "state": "MD", "type": "NASA Center" }, { "acronym": "JPL", "city": "Pasadena", "name": "Jet Propulsion Laboratory", "state": "CA", "type": "NASA Center" } ]}, "library": {"libraryItem": { "description": "Lunar IceCube in Lunar Orbit- Artist\u2019s Conception Image Courtesy ofMorehead State University.", "files": {"file": { "size": 3146043, "id": 33080, "url": "https://techport.nasa.gov/file/33080" }}, "id": 43888, "title": "Lunar IceCube", "type": "Image" }}, "technologyMaturityStart": 2, "responsibleMissionDirectorateOrOffice": "Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate", "id": 94207, "website": "https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/lunar-icecube-to-take-on-big-mission-from-small-package", "destinations": {"destination": "The Moon"}, "projectManagers": {"projectManager": "Benjamin K Malphrus"}, "principalInvestigators": {"principalInvestigator": "Benjamin K Malphrus"}, "startDate": "Nov 2015", "status": "Active" }}