A group of NASA and third-party reviewers has completed a critical design assessment of the spacecraft Lockheed MartinÂ will build to help the space agencyÂ investigate the Trojan asteroids.
The review covered different elements of the Lucy mission such as the vehicle and itsÂ payload, system-level flight hardware and softwareÂ test plans, the ground system andÂ related scientific efforts, NASAÂ said Monday.
Lucy systems and subsystems have met technical requirements during the four-day evaluation by the independent review board and the program is now set to enter the fabrication phase.
The agency aims to launch the mission in 2021 and intends for the spacecraftÂ to exploreÂ six Trojan asteroids plusÂ one Main Belt asteroid over a 12-year period.
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center will manage the overall mission while Southwest Research Institute will lead the scientific investigation.