Feb. 17, 2006
Phone: (202) 358-1753
Nancy Neal Jones
Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
Phone: (301) 286-0039
NASA’S LUNAR ORBITER TEAM PASSES PRELIMINARY DESIGN REVIEW
NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter team recently passed its
Preliminary Design Review heralding the start of the mission
The first in a series of robotic missions to the moon, the lunar
orbiter is scheduled for launch in October 2008. It will carry six
science instruments and a technology demonstration. The mission goal
is to develop new approaches and technologies to support human space
exploration to Mars and other destinations.
The preliminary design review concluded Feb. 9. The results of the
review, on-going assessments of project cost and schedule will
support a confirmation review this spring.
The confirmation review represents NASA’s formal decision for
authorizing additional work and will set the project’s cost estimate.
The mission’s Critical Design Review is scheduled for fall. It will
represent the completion of detailed system design, the transition to
assembly and integration of the mission elements.
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