Space Micro Delivers CubeSat Space Processor to Arizona State University
San Diego, CA – June 16, 2016 Space Micro announced that they have delivered an engineering unit of their CubeSat Space Processor (CSP) single board computer to Arizona State University (ASU).
The spacecraft, called the Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper, or “LunaH-Map” for short, will map to distribution of water deposits in permanently shadowed regions of the Moon’s south pole, unveiling new details about the origins and evolution of ice that has been tentatively identified from previous missions. Confirming and mapping those deposits in detail will also help NASA understand how much water might be available and will help inform NASA’s strategy for sending humans farther into the solar system.
“LunaH-Map is leveraging innovative, small, low cost technologies to push the boundaries of small spacecraft capabilities for scientific exploration.“ ASU engages with the commercial space industry via the ASU NewSpace Initiative, which seeks to partner small businesses in commercial space with with the diverse interdisciplinary faculty throughout ASU.
Prof. Craig Hardgrove is Mission PI and faculty member at ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration and Director of Research with ASU NewSpace, the Space Technology and Science Initiative.
Space Micro is now in production of CSP for multiple CSP Programs, including lunar and deep space applications, and has delivered to multiple space programs.
Space Micro's CEO, David J. Strobel commented, "This delivery demonstrates the growing need for highly reliable and radiation tolerant CubeSat processing at affordable prices.”