Top photo: Preliminary work is starting with an emulator for the radio, larger than the one that will be used in in the LunaH-Map cubesat, in a lab at ISTB4 on Oct. 14 on the Tempe campus. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

Cubesat mission on track, poised for breakthroughs

ASU reaches one-year mark on endeavor that could create new standard for space exploration

About two years from now, the most powerful rocket ever built will roar off from the Florida coast. Carrying a new spacecraft built for humans on a test voyage, it will claw into low Earth orbit before the upper stage separates from the core and fires itself towards the moon.

ASU planetary geologist and assistant professor Craig Hardgrove looks at an early version of the CubeSat shell as he talks about starting preliminary design and construction of the engineer development units, or brains, of the flight hardware for the cubesat Oct. 14 in Tempe. The final components will be smaller when the shoebox-size satellite is launched to the southern hemisphere of the moon in two years. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now
The Lunar Hydrogen Polar Mapper, or LunaH-Map, will orbit around the lunar poles 141 times during 60 days sniffing for hydrogen. Artist rendition by Sean Amidan

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