The Lunar Ultraviolet Telescope Experiment (LUTE)

by John D. Hilchey, Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, Huntsville, United States,
Max E. Nein, Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, Huntsville, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space IV

Abstract:

The Lunar Ultraviolet Telescope Experiment (LITE) is a feasible scientific payload which could initiate a unique ultraviolet (UV) sky survey from the lunar surface prior to our manned return to the Moon. This paper describes the findings of in-house mission and engineering analyses by the LUTE Task Team at George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSDC). Requirements for science and system performance are identified and discussed. Significant trades which drive the system, subsystems, and site choices are described. The reference concepts of the LUTE are laid out, baseline subsystems approaches are identified, and supporting mission data are provided.



Subject Headings: Moon | Telescopes | Payloads | Ultraviolet radiation | Space exploration | Flight | Geomatic surveys | Robotics

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