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NASA’s Lucy’s mission statement, which will be the first space mission for the study of the Trojan asteroids, successfully completed its critical design review.
According to the space agency, the Lucy of the members of the team will present the finished mission statement-a design, showing that they have complied with all of the technical challenges of the mission, and are ready to get started with the build of the hardware.
At Lockheed-Martin in Colorado, and over the course of four days, an independent review board, comprised of reviewers from NASA and several external organizations, learned all about the mission design.
“This is a very exciting time for us, as we are also in the planning stage and start construction of the spacecraft, said Hal Levison, Lucy, the principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, usa, in a statement. “In the end, you see!”
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The topics touched upon during the review of the design of the Lucy, the spacecraft and its instrument payload, and system-level test plans for flight hardware and software, systems engineering, mission assurance, and the ground system, and science in general.
The Trojan asteroids are in an orbit around the Sun, at the distance of Jupiter. The mission will start in October 2021; with a boost from the gravitational pull of the Earth, the spacecraft will complete a 12-year-long trip to seven different types of asteroids.
“I am constantly amazed at the dedication and diversity of skills our team brings to this project,” said Keith Noll, Lucy was a project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, usa. “The day of the mission, it comes to a better focus and a mission critical design review, is the latest milestone in our journey towards the launch of a two-year starting right now.”