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Lockheed Martin signs contract with NASA to launch ‘SkyFire’ CubeSat

Artist's depiction of SkyFire in lunar proximity. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.

Artist’s depiction of SkyFire in lunar proximity. Image courtesy of Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin has signed a contract with NASA to launch and deploy its 6U SkyFire CubeSat on the agency’s maiden launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) in 2018 in an effort to increase our understanding of Earth’s closest neighbor.

Though destinations beyond low-Earth orbit (LEO) are normally the domain of much larger spacecraft, SkyFire will launch as a secondary payload on Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1) and take advantage of the larger vehicle’s ability to ferry the smaller CubeSat to lunar vicinity.

SkyFire’s lunar flyby will pioneer brand new infrared technology, enabling scientists to fill strategic gaps in lunar knowledge that have implications for future human space exploration,” said John Ringelberg…

Read the full story in my post at SpaceFlight Insider.

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