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SkyFire is a planned nanosatellite spacecraft that will fly by the Moon and collect surface spectroscopy and thermography.

MissionEdit

Its purpose is that of a Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) technology demonstration using a low-cost 6U CubeSat spacecraft. SkyFire will perform a lunar flyby, collecting spectroscopy and thermography for surface characterization, remote sensing, and site selection.[1] The spacecraft includes two deployable solar arrays and will have a total mass of about 14 kg (Template:Convert/round lb).

SkyFire was selected in April 2015 by NASA's NextSTEP program (Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships) and awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin Space systems worth $1.4 million for further development.[2][3][4]

LaunchEdit

It will fly along other 12 CubeSats as a secondary payload mission on the first flight of the Space Launch System, Exploration Mission 1 (EM-1) scheduled to launch in 2018.[5]

PropulsionEdit

SkyFire will also demonstrate a low thrust electric propulsion rocket engine technology called electrospray propulsion to lower the spacecraft's orbit for more science and technology mission objectives.[6]

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