Artemis I Cubesat Winds Down Mission Written 3 May 2023


The Moon photograhed from NASA's Orion spacecraft during the 20th day of the Artemis I mission. |  Credit: NASA

Space News reports that a cubesat launched “as a secondary payload on Artemis 1 may end its operations at the end of the month unless it can get its propulsion system working.” The LunaH-Map spacecraft “was one of 10 cubesats launched as secondary payloads on the inaugural flight of the Space Launch System last November.” The spacecraft had planned “to use an ion propulsion system on the 6U cubesat to perform a maneuver as it flew by the moon days later, ultimately allowing it to go into orbit.” However, the thruster failed to fire due to what is likely a stuck valve.
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