NASA's Lucy Spacecraft, Built By Lockheed Martin, Starts Journey To Jupiter's Trojan Asteroids.

ENPNewswire-October 18, 2021--NASA's Lucy Spacecraft, Built By Lockheed Martin, Starts Journey To Jupiter's Trojan Asteroids

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Release date- 16102021 - CAPE CANAVERAL SPACE FORCE STATION, Fla. - Humankind is one step closer to unlocking new knowledge about the formation of our solar system, thanks to a spacecraft named Lucy built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT). The NASA mission successfully launched from Florida at 5:34 a.m. ET this morning.

'Seeing Lucy start her journey reinforces the strength of the 500 team members from NASA, Lockheed Martin, the Southwest Research Institute and many other teams who worked together to bring this mission to life,' said Rich Lipe, Lockheed Martin Lucy program manager. 'It's a tale centered on flexibility, collaboration and ingenuity, which is fitting for the voyage that lies ahead for this advanced spacecraft.'

The spacecraft was designed, built and tested in Lockheed Martin's Littleton facility, using transformative technology. The company's mission operations team is now in communications with the spacecraft and will operate it through the end of its mission.

Lucy will be the farthest solar-powered mission from the Sun and will visit a record-breaking number of asteroids - all in the name of studying them for clues about our own origins.

Engineering for an Epic Journey

Lucy's 4-billion-mile odyssey through the solar system will last 12 years and fly by eight objects: one Main Belt asteroid and seven Trojan asteroids that lead and trail Jupiter in its orbit.

Scientists are keen for an up-close look at these ancient rocks, which are believed to be pristinely preserved leftovers from the formation of our outer solar system 4 billion years ago.

With such a long, unforgiving journey through space, Lucy's engineers designed the spacecraft to be ready for anything. Lucy draws on heritage design elements from previous Lockheed Martin-built missions like OSIRIS-REx and MAVEN.

Key features of the Lucy spacecraft include:

Some 430 unique components, brought together by more than 2 miles of wire, 170 square feet of composite structure and more than 12,800 electrical connections

Three powerful, primary instruments to study the geology, composition and structure of the Trojan asteroids

Two 24-foot diameter solar arrays built by Northrop Grumman, spanning more than a four-story building when unfurled

A robust thermal design that protects Lucy from extreme space...

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