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Flyover Mapping and Modeling of Terrain Features

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Project Description

Flyover Mapping and Modeling of Terrain Features
The program will design, fabricate, test and fly a multi-modal, high-resolution mapping instrument to characterize pits, craters, and other convex features in flight. The instrument will fly on a Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicle to an altitude of 600 m and map a 225 km2 area with cross-registered color, depth, temperature and magnetic field.

NIAC Phase III award (June 11, 2019): Robotic Technologies Enabling the Exploration of Lunar Pits
More information:
Rocket Launched Testing Sensors for Future Lunar Mission
Bloomberg article

Complementary Flyover and Rover Sensing for Superior Modeling of Planetary Features (2012)
NIAC 2011 Phase I Award More »

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Primary U.S. Work Locations and Key Partners

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