Research and Collaboration
The goal of this campaign is to create a cooperation between space agency, commercial and space industry, which will facilitate huge collaboration that will bring profit and will serve the bigger idea.
It will be the next few steps to reach our lunar neighbor, and these steps will be way larger than those leaps we all know. The campaign will include cooperation not only with American and US teams, but since it is space, specialists and companies from other countries are also welcomed.
The exploration plans from NASA are getting more and more enhanced due to intrepid robotic explorers. Its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter works on the orbit, gathering lots of valuable information, then sends it to the computers, giving the data that is later used for exploration, and different types of landers. The information gathered by this orbiter is deeply analyzed and processed, to ensure that it brings the maximum profit. Also, the samples from Apollo series missions is also very helpful.
Shadow Cam, by the way, will be an American contribution to the start of the Korean Aerospace Research Institute first mission related to lunar exploration. This mission will be called Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO). Shadow Cam has the ability to show the reflectance of the areas with deep shadows, like craters, analyzing the possibility of ice laydowns.
The new evidence received from lunar exploration missions showed that the water or ice laydowns on the lunar surface are not geographically grouped to one region but are rather evenly distributed all over the lunar surface. It brings scientists one step closer to the mystery of water on the Moon and its probable usability as a resource.
NASA is going to use an amount of CubeSats to accessibly learn and explore the Moon’s environment. 13 CubeSats are going to start on Exploration Mission1, the first ever joined flight of Space Launch System and Orion. 2 CubeStats will use the best tools available nowadays to get all kinds of information that is possible.
Based on this information NASA will have a chance to change and make better the practices they use to elaborate new tech and science payloads, so they will be fulfilled by commercial sector of the space industry. The chance to test the lunar surface brings way more opportunities to humanity and opens eyes to the nature of the universe.
The Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway will become a point that unites NASA with its commercial and international partners, serving for the sake of revealing the mysteries of the outer space. Recently there has been even a workshop held by NASA, where they claimed how to enhance the activities, so they can have more samples coming back from the Moon, and to introduce new and new missions, based on the observations we have today. The materials gotten from exploration sessions will be distributed between agency and commercial representatives, as agency needs additional help to focus on what is waiting on us in the solar system.
Creator’s artistic expression of the Lunar Orbital Gateway. Source: NASA