Skip Navigation
Center Independent Research & Development: JPL IRAD

Small, Capable, Readily-Replicable Payloads for Remote Sensing of Volatiles

Active Technology Project

Project Introduction

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 »

Anticipated Benefits

Primary U.S. Work Locations and Key Partners

Share this Project

Organizational Responsibility

Project Management

Project Duration

Technology Maturity (TRL)

Technology Areas

Target Destinations

Supported Mission Type

Light bulb

Suggest an Edit

Recommend changes and additions to this project record.
^