July 1, 2015
Morehead State University’s Lunar IceCube mission is the cover story for NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center’s Cutting Edge magazine
MOREHEAD — It was announced in April that NASA has selected MSU as one of the 12 Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) to advance concept studies and technology development projects in the areas of advanced propulsion, habitation and small satellites. The NASA contract is one of the biggest in MSU history at $7.9 million.
Dr. Ben Malphrus, MSU’s Department of Earth and Space Sciences chair and Space Science Center director, is the principal investigator.
MSU’s computer-aided design (CAD) drawings and Telescope Operations Engineer Michael Comb’s illustration are on the cover.
Dr. Pamela Clark (NASA GSFC and CUA) is serving as the science principal investigator.
The Lunar IceCube mission team includes space systems engineers from Morehead State University, including Jeff Kruth, Kevin Z. Brown, Bob Twiggs, Michael Combs and Eric Thomas, and propulsion engineers from Busek including Kurt Hohman and Mike Tsay. The Science Team includes Dr. Roger McNeil and Dr. Eric Jerde of MSU and Robert MacDowall, Noah Petro, Dennis Reuter, Cliff Brambora, Deepak Patel, Stuart Banks and Avi Mandell from the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center. The navigation team is led by Dr. Dave Folta (NASA GSFC), who has calculated a trajectory to the moon that utilizes an innovative low energy manifold trajectory.
To view the article visit http://gsfctechnology.gsfc.nasa.gov/newsletter/Current.pdf
Additional information about Lunar IceCube is available by contacting Dr. Malphrus at 606-783-2381 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.