The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is all set to release a series of robotic commercial delivery missions. The mission will make its way to the moon. It is being planned to have an astronaut lunar base in the space.
NASA’s future mission is named as the planned Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) mission. With this mission, the NASA aims to establish its sustainable presence on the lunar surface. The Commercial Lunar Payload Services mission’s future endeavors lie in facilitating the scientific discoveries and ultimately the zest of human exploration.
The first trip is scheduled for a launch in the year 2019. It is expected to deliver the instruments and the technology to the lunar surface. It will also include the devices from the earlier Resource Prospector concept. The former Resource Prospector concept was aimed the first-ever expedition of mining on another world.
Dennis Andrucyk conveys, “We conducted a thorough science and engineering assessment of Resource Prospector and determined all four instruments are at a high technology readiness level, are appropriate for science on the moon, and will make flights on future Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) missions.’Dennis Andrucyk is the deputy associate administrator and the Science Mission Directorate at the headquarters of NASA in Washington.
The tools are meant to provide amplified scientific data on different landing sites in space. Dennis Andrucyk conveyed that the mission will assist the NASA in understanding the environment at the lunar surface.
NASA explains that there will be four different projects and will be responsible for performing various tasks at the lunar surface.
The mission will equip the Near Infrared Volatile Spectrometer Subsystem (NIRVISS), Neutron Spectrometer Subsystem (NSS), regolith and ice drill and the Water Analysis and Volatile Extraction (WAVE) instrument.
The Near Infrared Volatile Spectrometer Subsystem (NIRVISS) will be responsible for scouting the lunar surface for the presence of the water and the other volatile compounds. The Neutron Spectrometer Subsystem (NSS) will detect below the lunar surface for the presence of the hydrogen traces. The Regolith and ice drill and the Water Analysis and Volatile Extraction (WAVE) instruments are meant to heat up the samples for the quantification of the water and other compounds which are present beneath the lunar surface.