New Approaches to Lunar Ice Detection and Mapping - Part II

November 4-7, 2013
California Institute of Technology - Pasadena, CA 91125

Workshop Overview:

This study will develop innovative, low-cost mission concepts for detecting and mapping polar ice deposits on the Moon. We will bring together experts in diverse fields of lunar science, technology and exploration to assess the current state of knowledge and identify the key measurements required to fundamentally advance understanding of the distribution and abundance of lunar ices. These measurement goals will be developed into an array of mission concepts, with an emphasis on low cost, focused architectures with high likelihood of realization.

At the second workshop, we will synthesize results of sub-team studies on specific innovative mission concepts and technologies, in order to select 2-3 mission or instrument concepts for further development. Preliminary cost estimates will be assessed through Team-X (or similar) studies, and concepts will be classified according to science return and cost category. Ultimately, the goal is to identify key technology gaps where further development could enable identification of lunar ice deposits at small (~100 m) spatial scales suitable for future extraction, sample analysis, and in-situ resource utilization. The study participants are also actively pursuing a comprehensive survey of the lunar volatiles literature, which will be detailed in the final report.

Workshop Participants:

  • Leon Alkalai - JPL / Caltech
  • Shane Byrne - University of Arizona
  • Yang Chen - JPL / Caltech
  • Jean-Philippe Combe - Bear Fight Institute
  • Christopher S. Edwards - Caltech Campus
  • Bethany Ehlmann - Caltech Campus
  • Benjamin T. Greenhagen - JPL / Caltech
  • Paul O. Hayne - JPL / Caltech
  • Amanda Hendrix - Planetary Science Institute
  • Brendan Hermalyn - University of Hawaii SOEST
  • Andy P. Ingersoll - Caltech Campus
  • Matt Kenyon - JPL / Caltech
  • Yang Liu - JPL / Caltech
  • Paul Lucey - University of Hawaii
  • Benjamin K. Malphrus - Morehead State University
  • Catherine D. Neish - Florida Institute of Technology
  • Gregory Neumann - NASA GSFC
  • Raquel Nuno - Arizona State University
  • David A. Paige - UCLA
  • Cedric Pilorget - Caltech Campus
  • Michael J. Poston - Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Norbert Schörghofer - University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Matthew Siegler - JPL / Caltech
  • Robert L. Staehle - JPL / Caltech

Workshop Presentations

Paul Hayne

New Approaches to Lunar Ice Detection and Mapping: Study Overview and Results of the First Workshop
(11.6 MB pdf)

Andy Ingersoll
Caltech campus

Lunar Ice Detection and Mapping: Science Summary of 1st Workshop
(4.3 MB pdf)

David Paige

Heirarchy of Past Missions and Goals for this Workshop
(25 KB pdf)

Paul Lucey
University of Hawaii, et al.

Active Spectroscopy
(384 KB pdf)

Matt Siegler
JPL, et al.

Uses of a Microwave Spectrometer for a Small Lunar Impactor Mission
(4.3 MB pdf)

Bethany Ehlmann
Caltech campus, et al.

KISS Lunar Volatiles: NIR working group findings
(1.2 MB pdf)

Paul Hayne
JPL, et al.

Lunar Penetrator Technology for Ice Detection
(4.5 MB pdf)

Christopher Edwards
Caltech campus, et al.

Ice in the Far-IR and Diviner3
(1.2 MB pdf)

Catherine Neish
Florida Institute of Technology, et al.

Luna-RAX and Mini-RF+
(38.8 MB pdf)

Paul Hayne
JPL, et al.

Young Guns: A Versatile, Highly Capable Architecture for Low‐Cost Lunar (and Planetary) Exploration
(3.4 MB pdf)

Dave Paige
UCLA, et al.

Lunar Cubesat Program Plan
(14 KB pdf)

Andy Ingersoll
Caltech campus, et al.

The Everything Option
(194 KB pdf)