The LUNA module (Lightweight Urthecast NanoRacks Alcove) is a small module for the ISS, which provides experimental space for NanoRacks and earth observation instruments for UrtheCast.
The module will be accessible from a CBM berthing mechanism on the Node-3 module, allowing astronauts to set up electronics and service the system. The pressurized volume inside the module will host experiments for NanoRacks.
The UrtheCast earth observation payload consists of a dual-mode high resolution Camera (video and pushbroom focal planes) and a dual-band SAR (radar) payload (L-band and X-band), which are mounted on high-precision 3-axis gimbals.
Urthecast cancelled the LUNA effort in November 2015 to focus on their planned free-flying satellites.
|Type / Application:||Earth observation, technology|
|Power:||provided by ISS|
|Orbit:||400 km × 400 km, 51.6° (typical)|
|LUNA||-||2017||CC||Falcon-9 v1.2||with Dragon CRS-x|
Further ISS missions: ISS complex