Lunar Trailblazer Completes Final Table Top Review in Advance of Preliminary Design Review

2 October 2020

A computed-aided design model of the Lunar Trailblazer spacecraft configuration showing the fields-of-view of Lunar Trailblazer’s HVM3 and LTM looking nadir toward the Moon as well as LTM’s spaceview for calibration.


The Lunar Trailblazer team has successfully completed the Flight System Table Top Review, representing the last of five peer-review sessions providing feedback on each of the mission’s subsystems. The review panel evaluated the design of Lunar Trailblazer’s flight system, to be designed and built by Lockheed Martin Space. The Lockheed Martin team has worked tirelessly on the mission since July, when they were selected as the new partner for Lunar Trailblazer’s flight system. In addition to designing and building the spacecraft, they will also integrate both of Lunar Trailblazer’s instruments—the High-resolution Volatiles and Minerals Moon Mapper (HVM3) and the Lunar Thermal Mapper (LTM). They are also in charge of integrating Lunar Trailblazer with NASA’s Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP), the mission that will launch Lunar Trailblazer as a secondary payload. The Lunar Trailblazer team is now busy preparing for its Preliminary Design Review (PDR). This review represents a significant checkpoint in the design of a mission, and will evaluate the project’s readiness to proceed to implementation (final design, build) and launch. This includes a review of the completeness of planning, technical, and cost baselines developed by the Lunar Trailblazer team.

Wish the team good luck for PDR by tagging @LunarTrailblazr on Twitter!



By Jasper Miura
Jasper Miura is a Research Technician Associate and Lunar Trailblazer Science Manager at Caltech.