LunIR (Lunar Infrared Imaging), formerly known as SkyFire, is a small lunar mission designed by Lockheed Martin to test low-cost instrumentation that could help study the lunar and Martian surfaces and survey landing sites. It was selected in 2015 by NASA's NextSTEP program.
The LunIR satellite will be deployed into lunar trajectory by the SLS (Block 1) iCPS. During lunar fly-by, it will collect spectroscopy and thermography, address both Moon and Mars SKGs for surface characterization, remote sensing, and site selection.
|Type / Application:||Lunar flyby|
|Contractors:||Lockheed Martin; Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, Inc. (bus)|
|Power:||2 deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|LunIR (ex SkyFire)||-||2021||CCK LC-39B||SLS (Block 1) iCPS||with Orion Artemis-1, BioSentinel, CuSP, LunaH-Map, Lunar-Flashlight, Lunar-IceCube, NEA-Scout, EQUULEUS, OMOTENASHI, ArgoMoon, CU-E3, Miles|