ExoTerra to Place Cubesat in Orbit Around the Moon
ExoTerra has been selected for a NASA Select Phase I SBIR for a Solar Electric Propulsion Lunar Cubesat.
The 6U cubesat measures just 4″ x 8″ x 12″. If successful, the satellite will launch on-board the NASA’s inaugural Space Launch System flight in 2017 to a lunar flyby trajectory. The cubesat’s novel solar electric propulsion system then places the satellite into lunar orbit. This would be the first instance of a cubesat reaching lunar orbit.