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ArgoMoon

ArgoMoon [Argotec]

ArgoMoon is a small lunar mission designed by the Italian company Argotec, which is building the ArgoMoon CubeSat under the Italian Space Agency (ASI) internal review and approval process.

ArgoMoon will demonstrate the ability to perform operations in close proximity of the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS), which will send Orion onto its lunar trajectory. It should also record images of the ICPS for historical documentation and to provide valuable mission data on the deployment of other Cubesats. Additionally, this CubeSat should test optical communication capabilities between the CubeSat and Earth.

ArgoMoon is one of 13 cubesats planned to be carried with the Orion EM1 mission into a heliocentric orbit in cis-lunar space on the maiden flight of the SLS (Block 1) iCPS launch vehicle in 2019.

Nation: Italy
Type / Application: Lunar flyby
Operator: Argotec
Contractors: Argotec
Equipment:
Configuration: CubeSat (6U)
Propulsion:
Power: 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: ~14 kg
Orbit: Lunar fly-by
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
ArgoMoon - 2019 CCK LC-39B SLS (Block 1) iCPS with Orion EM1, BioSentinel, CuSP, LunaH-Map, Lunar-Flashlight, Lunar-IceCube, NEA-Scout, SkyFire, EQUULEUS, OMOTENASHI, ArgoMoon, 3 cubesats