E13: Lunar Flashlight

In this episode of the Georgia Tech Research Podcast, host Scott McAtee talks to Glenn Lightsey, Ph.D., of Georgia Tech, and GTRI’s Jud Ready, Ph.D., about their collaboration efforts on the Lunar Flashlight, a CubeSat that will be launched into space with a mission to map water and ice deposits on the moon’s surface.

Talking Points:

  • Lunar Flashlight was developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Georgia Tech, and NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC).
  • Researchers in Georgia Tech’s School of Aerospace Engineering worked with MSFC to develop the spacecraft’s propulsion system – a new technology that uses an improved environmentally-friendly propellant.
  • The team collaborated with GTRI to assemble and test the Lunar Flashlight in a set of unique facilities in Atlanta.