Updated 11/08/22, 1:05 PST: LunIR and NEA Scout statuses modified.
Seven of the 10 CubeSats launches as secondary payloads on NASA’s Artemis mission are reported to be functioning as designed. A Japanese spacecraft designed to land on the moon has been tumbling and unable to charge its batteries. And the status of a NASA CubeSat equipped with a giant solar sail and one other spacecraft are uncertain more than 24 hours after launch.
We will update the story as we get more information about the CubeSats.
Artemis I Secondary Payloads
|ArgoMoon||Italian Space Agency||Tech demo||Operational|
|EQUULEUS||University of Tokyo||Earth observation||Operational|
|Lunar IceCube||Morehouse State University/NASA||Lunar observations||Operational|
|LunIR||Lockheed Martin||Tech demo||Weaker than expected signal received|
|Near-Earth Asteroid Scout||NASA||Tech demo||No signal received yet|
|OMOTENASHI||Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency||Lunar lander||Tumbling|
|Team Miles||Fluid & Reason||Technology demo||Unknown|
ArgoMoon is designed to return images of the Space Launch Systems’ Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage that placed the Orion spacecraft on a trajectory to the moon. The images were to be taken after Orion separated from the stage to demonstrate how CubeSats can perform precise proximity maneuvers in deep space.
Builder/Operator: NASA Ames Research Center
BioSentinel holds yeast cards that will be rehydrated to study the effects of deep space radiation on DNA repair.
CuSP (CubeSat for Solar Particles)
Builder/Operator: Southwest Research Institute
CuSP will measure incoming solar radiation and magnetic fields.
EQUULEUS (EQUilibriUm Lunar-Earth point 6U Spacecraft)
Builder/Operator: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, University of Tokyo
EQUULEUS will measure the distribution of plasma surrounding the Earth.
LunaH-Map (Lunar Polar Hydrogen Mapper)
Builder/Operator: Arizona State University
LunaH-Map will use a neutron detector to search for evidence of water ice in permanently shadowed lunar craters.
Builder/Operator: Morehead State University/NASA (Busek Company, The Catholic University of America)
Orbit: Lunar polar
Lunar IceCube will use an infrared spectrometer to detect water and organic compounds in the lunar surface and exosphere.
Builder/Operator: Lockheed Martin Space (Satellite bus: Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems)
Trajectory: Lunar flyby
LunIR will collect spectroscopy and thermography data on the lunar surface during a flyby. Lockheed Martin said that a weaker than expected signal was received from the spacecraft. Engineers are evaluating next steps.
OMOTENASHI (Outstanding MOon exploration TEchnologies demonstrated by NAno Semi-Hard Impactor)
Builder/Operator: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Function: Lunar lander
OMOTENASHI is designed to land measure the radiation environment around the moon before attempting a semi-hard landing on the surface using solid rocket motors. Controllers have reported OMOTENASHI is tumbling, making it difficult for the spacecraft to charge its batteries and communicate with the ground. Controllers are continuing recovery attempts.
Near-Earth Asteroid Scout (NEA Scout)
Builder/Operator: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (with help from other NASA centers)
Type: Solar Sail
NEA Scout is a solar sail mission designed to conduct a flyby of a near-Earth asteroid. No signal has been received from the spacecraft yet.
Builder/Operator: Fluid and Reason LLC
Team Miles is designed to demonstrate low-thrust plasma propulsion in deep space.