NASA's Lucy mission, the first space mission to investigate the Trojan asteroids, has successfully completed its critical design review.
According to the space agency, Lucy team members introduced the completed mission design and showed they met. All of the mission's technical challenges are overcome and ready to begin building the actual hardware.
At Lockheed Martin in Colorado, an independent review panel comprised of NASA auditors and several outside organizations heard all about it over the course of four days. Mission Design.
"This is a very exciting time for us as we move beyond the design stage and really begin building the spaceship," said Hal Levison, principal investigator at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. "It's finally going to be real!"
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The topics addressed during the design review included the Lucy spacecraft and its instrument payload, system-level test plans for flight hardware and software, as well Systems engineering, mission assurance, soil system and science.
The Trojan asteroids orbit the sun at a distance from Jupiter. The mission starts in October 2021; The spaceship will cover a 12-year journey to seven different asteroids.
"I am always amazed at the commitment and variety of skills our team brings to this project," said Keith Noll, Lucy Project Scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. "The mission is getting clearer day by day, and the mission-critical design review is the latest milestone on our way to launch in just two years."