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Launch window opens October 16, 2021



https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-awards-launch-services-contract-for-lucy-mission
Jan. 31, 2019
CONTRACT RELEASE C19-001

NASA Awards Launch Services Contract for Lucy Mission

NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC (ULS) of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the agency’s first-ever mission to explore Trojan asteroids.

The Lucy mission currently is targeted to launch in October 2021 on an Atlas V 401 rocket from Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. With boosts from Earth’s gravity, the spacecraft will embark on a 12-year journey to study primitive asteroids orbiting the Sun in tandem with Jupiter.

The total cost for NASA to launch Lucy is approximately $148.3 million, which includes the launch service and other mission related costs.

NASA’s Launch Services Program at Kennedy Space Center in Florida will manage the ULS launch service. The Lucy spacecraft project is managed at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the Planetary Mission Program Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center manages the Mission for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate. Other mission partners include Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado, Lockheed Martin in Denver, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, and Arizona State University in Tempe.

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This was the Lucy program updates thread.  Now, post-launch, it is the Lucy updates and discussion thread.
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Re: Atlas V 401 - Lucy - Oct. 2021
« Reply #1 on: 02/01/2019 04:34 am »
Does anyone know if SpaceX bid a Falcon for this one?

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Lucy - Oct. 2021
« Reply #2 on: 02/01/2019 06:01 am »
Mission require C3 = 51.5. According to https://elvperf.ksc.nasa.gov/Pages/Query.aspx recoverable Falcon 9 can't do it and SpaceX do not offer expendable configuration. Heavy would cost ~ $130 (AFSPC-52), but Atlas V 401 is proven and better suited for this kind of mission.

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Lucy - Oct. 2021
« Reply #3 on: 02/02/2019 12:38 pm »
Anyone know the payload class for this mission? Class B?

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Lucy - Oct. 2021
« Reply #4 on: 02/02/2019 05:25 pm »
Anyone know the payload class for this mission? Class B?
AFAIK all Discovery missions are Class B, yes.  See https://nodis3.gsfc.nasa.gov/displayDir.cfm?Internal_ID=N_PR_8705_0004_&page_name=AppendixB

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Lucy - Oct. 2021
« Reply #5 on: 02/13/2019 08:26 pm »
SpaceX is protesting this launch contract award: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=47431.0

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Lucy - Oct. 2021
« Reply #6 on: 03/05/2019 02:16 am »
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This FFP includes the Atlas V 401 Standard Launch Service and Standard Mission Integration and ten (10) Mission Unique Services (MUSs), two of which are included at no cost to NASA. The total firm fixed price for this Launch Service Task Order for all definitized work under Contract Line Item Number 17 (CLIN 17) is $136,537,155.

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Lucy - Oct. 2021
« Reply #7 on: 03/07/2019 10:26 am »
ULA graphic

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Lucy - Oct. 2021
« Reply #8 on: 04/04/2019 05:37 pm »
https://twitter.com/wapodavenport/status/1113848634435690503

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A source says that SpaceX has withdrawn its protest over the "Lucy" contract that had been awarded to ULA, the Boeing-Lockheed Martin venture. No reason was given for why it withdrew the protest.

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Lucy - Oct. 2021
« Reply #9 on: 01/28/2020 06:56 pm »
Nice animations of the trajectory:
http://lucy.swri.edu//mission/Tour.html
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Re: Atlas V 401 - Lucy - Oct. 2021
« Reply #10 on: 02/07/2020 01:49 am »
MOD 284: The purpose of this contract modification is to update CLIN 14 - MARS 2020 Mission, to revise Mission Unique Service 13.0 (MUS 13) T-Zero Purge Instrument to revise the T-Zero purge commodity for the SCS from Contractor-provided GN2 to NASA-provided ultra-high purity breathable air. Additionally this modification also updates CLIN 17 - LUCY Mission, to revise MUS 5.0 Lightning Suppression Assemblies (LSA) to remove the LSA Test Set only.  As a result, the following changes are being made:  a. Section B, Clause 1.6, IDIQ Launch Service Task Order (LSTO), Table B-8.14, IDIQ Launch Service Task Order for the MARS 2020 Mission is revised as follows: The total value of CLIN 14 is decreased by $41,858 from $201,723,959 to $201,682,101. The total value of Sub-CLIN 14C is decreased by $41,858 from $11,618,568 to $11,576,710.  b. Section B, Clause 1.6, IDIQ Launch Service Task Order (LSTO), Table B-8.17, IDIQ Launch Service Task Order for the LUCY Mission is revised as follows: The total value of CLIN 17 is decreased by $38,546 from $137,627,719 to $137,589,173. The total value of Sub-CLIN 17C is decreased by $38,546 from $1,901,332 to $1,862,786.  c. Section B, Clause 2.1, NLS II Total Contract Amount: The firm-fixed price of the contract is decreased by $80,404, from $2,322,660,897 to $2,322,580,493.

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Lucy - Oct. 2021
« Reply #11 on: 02/07/2020 01:59 am »
MOD 274: The purpose of this contract modification is to remove specific Government Furnished Property from Attachment D-12 and to make an administrative change to update the LUCY spacecraft mass in the Launch Service Task Order (LSTO) Mission Solution table, which was mistakenly unchanged on Mod 272. As a result, material at Vandenberg Air Force Base(VAFB) is hereby removed from Attachment D-12, Government Furnished Property. The awarded LSTO Mission Solution table is updated to change the LUCY spacecraft mass from 1435kg to 1550kg. Change pages are provided and incorporated herein, all other terms and conditions of Contract NNK10LB00B, remain unchanged and in full force and effect. The parties hereto agree that this supplemental agreement represents a complete and equitable adjustment for the changes specified above. The Contractor hereby releases the Government from any and all liability or claims under this contract for any further equitable adjustments attributable to the changes specified above.

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Lucy - Oct. 2021
« Reply #12 on: 02/29/2020 12:22 am »
FYI: Lucy project and science thread here.
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Re: Atlas V 401 - Lucy - Oct. 2021
« Reply #13 on: 08/03/2020 06:44 pm »
Studying Trojan Asteroids With Lucy:


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Re: Atlas V 401 - Lucy - Oct. 2021
« Reply #14 on: 08/28/2020 06:16 pm »
SwRI-led first-ever mission to the Trojan asteroids passes NASA milestone

August 28, 2020 — NASA has approved the final development stage of the Southwest Research Institute-led Lucy mission to explore the Trojan asteroids in preparation for its October 2021 launch.

The space agency’s approval follows independent reviews of the spacecraft, instruments, schedule and budget. This milestone, known as Key Decision Point-D (KDP-D), represents the official transition from final design and fabrication (Phase C) to systems delivery, testing, assembly and integration (Phase D). During this part of the mission’s life cycle the design and fabrication of the spacecraft is completed, and the instruments are integrated into the spacecraft and tested. The spacecraft will then be shipped next summer to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for integration with the launch vehicle.

“Each phase of the mission is more exciting than the last,” said Lucy Principal Investigator Dr. Hal Levison of SwRI. “While, of course, Lucy still has several years and a few billion miles to go before we reach our real goal — exploring the never-before-seen Trojan asteroids — seeing this spacecraft come together is just incredible.”

Assembly, Testing and Launch Operations (ATLO) began on schedule at Lockheed Martin Space in Littleton, Colorado.

“We’ve had to revise the ATLO schedule to give components affected by COVID-19 restrictions a bit more time before they will be integrated onto the spacecraft,” says Lucy Payload Deputy Project Manager John Andrews, of SwRI. “Through a lot of hard work and ingenuity, the Lucy team was able to start ATLO as planned on August 10, and we are on schedule to ship the spacecraft to Kennedy Space Center as planned next July.”

The oxidizer tank has been integrated with the spacecraft, and the instruments will be delivered to Lockheed Martin starting in October. All spacecraft assembly and testing will occur at the Colorado facility in preparation for the launch window opening on October 16, 2021.

After launch, Lucy will still have a long path ahead flying out to the distance of Jupiter to make close fly-bys past a record-breaking number of asteroids. The spacecraft will encounter the first of its eight targets, a main belt asteroid, in 2025. Lucy will reach the first of seven Trojan asteroids in 2027 and fly past the final binary pair in 2033.

Lucy’s next major milestone is the Mission Operation Review scheduled for October 2020, which assesses the project’s operational readiness and its progress towards launch. At that time, the mission will demonstrate that its navigation, planning, command and science operations requirements are complete.

SwRI is the principal investigator institution and leads the mission. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center provides overall project management, systems engineering, and safety and mission assurance. The spacecraft is being built by Lockheed Martin.

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Lucy - Oct. 2021
« Reply #15 on: 10/19/2020 06:17 pm »
https://twitter.com/jeff_foust/status/1318248739732099073

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At NASA asteroid science briefing, NASA says the upcoming Lucy and DART missions remain on schedule for launch next year despite impacts of the pandemic. Lucy’s PI, Hal Levison, said he was initially concerned given the phase of missions development, but in “really good shape.”

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Lucy - Oct. 2021
« Reply #16 on: 01/07/2021 02:13 pm »
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2021/first-mission-to-the-trojan-asteroids-integrates-its-second-scientific-instrument/

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NASA’s First Mission to the Trojan Asteroids Integrates its Second Scientific Instrument
NASA’s Lucy mission is one step closer to launch as L’TES, the Lucy Thermal Emission Spectrometer, has been successfully integrated on to the spacecraft.

“Having two of the three instruments integrated onto the spacecraft is an exciting milestone,” said Donya Douglas-Bradshaw, Lucy project manager from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “The L’TES team is to be commended for their true dedication and determination.”

Lucy will be the first space mission to study the Trojan asteroids, leftover building blocks of the Solar System’s outer planets orbiting the Sun at the distance of Jupiter. The mission takes its name from the fossilized human ancestor (called “Lucy” by her discoverers) whose skeleton provided unique insight into humanity’s evolution. Likewise, the Lucy mission will revolutionize our knowledge of planetary origins and the birth of our solar system more than 4 billion years ago.

instrument being held on blue table
L'TES instrument in the cleanroom at Arizona State University.
Credits: NASA/ASU
L’TES, developed by a team at Arizona State University (ASU), is effectively a remote thermometer. It will measure the far infrared energy emitted by the Trojan asteroids as the Lucy spacecraft flies by an unprecedented seven of these objects during this first ever mission to this population.

The instrument arrived at Lockheed Martin Space on December 13 and was successfully integrated on to the spacecraft on December 16.  By measuring the Trojan asteroids’ temperatures, L’TES will provide the team with important information on the material properties of the surfaces.  As the spacecraft will not be able to touch down on the asteroids during these high speed encounters, this instrument will allow the team to infer whether the surface material is loose, like sand, or consolidated, like rocks. In addition, L’TES will collect spectral information using thermal infrared observations in the wavelength range from 4 to 50 micrometers.

“The L’TES team has used our experienced designing, manufacturing, and operating similar thermal emission spectrometers on other missions such as OSIRIS-REx and the Mars Global Surveyor as we built this instrument,” said Instrument Principal Investigator, Phil Christensen. “Each instrument has its own challenges, but based on our experience we expect L’TES to give us excellent data, as well as likely some surprises, about these enigmatic objects.”

Despite the challenges surrounding the COVID-19 pandemics, Lucy is on schedule to launch in October 2021 as originally planned.

“I am constantly impressed by the agility and flexibility of this team to handle any challenges set before them,” said mission Principal Investigator, Hal Levison of Southwest Research Institute. “Just five years ago this mission was an idea on paper, and now we have many major components of the spacecraft and payload assembled, tested, and ready to go.”

In addition to L’TES, Lucy’s High Gain Antenna, which will enable spacecraft communication with the Earth for navigation and data collection, as well as precise measurement of the masses of the Trojan asteroids, was recently installed.  It joined L’LORRI, Lucy’s highest resolution camera, built by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, which was installed in early November. Lucy’s remaining scientific instrument, L’Ralph, the mission’s color imaging camera and infrared spectrometer, is scheduled to be delivered in early 2021.

Southwest Research Institute’s Hal Levison and Cathy Olkin are the principal investigator and deputy principal investigator of the Lucy Mission. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center provides overall mission management, systems engineering and safety and mission assurance. Lockheed Martin Space is building the spacecraft. Lucy is the 13th mission in NASA’s Discovery Program. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, manages the Discovery Program for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C.

Nancy Neal Jones
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

Katherine Kretke
Southwest Research Institute

Last Updated: Jan. 5, 2021
Editor: Karl Hille
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Re: Atlas V 401 - Lucy - Oct. 2021
« Reply #17 on: 01/21/2021 01:17 pm »
The L'Ralph instrument has left NASA/GSFC and shipped to Lockheed-Martin in Colorado for integration onto the spacecraft.

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Re: Atlas V 401 - Lucy - Oct. 2021
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Re: Atlas V 401 - Lucy - Oct. 2021
« Reply #19 on: 03/25/2021 05:29 am »
Seen here in late 2020 nearly fully assembled, the 13-foot tall Lucy spacecraft is lifted back to its dolly as the Lockheed Martin team in Littleton, Colorado, continues production. Since Lucy will be exploring in deep space hundreds of millions of miles away, the 6.5-foot in diameter high gain antenna seen here will be critical for communications to and from Earth as the spacecraft visits multiple asteroids.

Photo: Lockheed Martin

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