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18 September 2018 The Lunar Flashlight CubeSat instrument: a compact SWIR laser reflectometer to quantify and map water ice on the surface of the moon
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The Lunar Flashlight (LF) mission will send a CubeSat to lunar orbit via NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) test flight. The LF spacecraft will carry a novel instrument to quantify and map water ice harbored in the permanently shadowed craters of the lunar South Pole. The LF instrument, an active multi-band reflectometer which employs four high power diode lasers in the 1-2 μm infrared band, will measure the reflectance of the lunar surface near water ice absorption peaks. We present the detailed instrument design and system engineering required to deploy this instrument within very demanding CubeSat resource allocations.
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Udo Wehmeier, Quentin Vinckier, R. Glenn Sellar, Christopher G. Paine, Paul O. Hayne, Mahmood Bagheri, Mina Rais-Zadeh, Siamak Forouhar, Jessica Loveland, and Jacob Shelton "The Lunar Flashlight CubeSat instrument: a compact SWIR laser reflectometer to quantify and map water ice on the surface of the moon", Proc. SPIE 10769, CubeSats and NanoSats for Remote Sensing II, 107690H (18 September 2018); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2320643
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