Development of a small, scientifically capable, readily-replicable IR point spectrometer, miniaturizing by several factors a crucial (and proven) technique to enable to assay of volatiles from small satellites.
Develop an IR point spectrometer able to measure 2.0-4.0 µm (SWIR) and 5.5-12 µm (MIR) reflectance and emission from a 0.05 albedo asteroid with an IFOV of ≤5mrad and with SNR sufficient to detect 1% MIR band depths due to OH/H2O at 10 nm spectral resolution and distinguish absorptions related to Si-O vibrations that distinguish key classes of asteroids and the extent of aqueous alteration. The volume is not to exceed 2U and the target rebuild cost of the payload element (for a cubesat-class implementation; scalable to higher class if desired) is not to exceed $200k.More »
Enables scientifically useful detection of volatile and silicate species on dark objects like asteroids and terrestrial planets using a 2U instrument that can be carried on small spacecraft (Cubesat/Smallsat class).
Enables detection of volatile and other species on small dark objects using small spacecraft (Cubesat/Smallsat class) that could be useful for commercial activities, including assessment of water-content and extractability for fuel production.
Enables scientifically useful detection of volatile and other species on dark objects using small spacecraft (Cubesat/Smallsat class).More »
|Organizations Performing Work||Role||Type||Location|
|Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)||Lead Organization||NASA Center||Pasadena, CA|