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Payload 04 Information


Payload Flight Number:

2009 - 04
Institution:

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
Payload Title:

Flying InfraRed Experiment for Lunar Investigation (FIREFLI)

Student Leader:
  • Jennifer Poli
  • Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
  • 215 Randolph Hall
  • Blacksburg,VA 24061
  • Email:jrpoli@vt.edu
  • Cell: 571-246-2779
Faculty Advisor:
  • Kevin Shinpaugh
  • Aerospace and Ocean Engineering
  • 215 Randolph Hall
  • Blacksburg, VA 24061
  • Email:kashin@vt.edu
  • Office: 540-231-1246
  • Fax: 540-231-9632
Payload class:
SMALL
Payload ID Number:
04
Mass:
2.9kg
Current:
500mA
Serial Commands:
none
Discrete Commands:
none
Payload Specification & Integration Plan
Due:
Delivered:
Payload Integration Certification
Scheduled:
Actual:
Flight Operation Plan
Due:
Delivered:
Final Flight / Science Report
Due:
Delivered:
Abstract:
The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Flying InfraRed Experiment For Lunar Investigation (FIREFLI) team intends to fly an infrared photography experiment using the High Altitude Student Platform (HASP). The experiment will capture images of thermally radiating surfaces through the use of infrared photography as a proof-of-concept for a potential lunar mission. Surfaces observed will be heated by sunlight, and rates of heating and cooling will be monitored with multiple images over a period of time. Due to the differing thermal properties of materials, infrared photography can be used to determine a surface's composition. A 20-hour flight duration will allow observation of heating and cooling rates of the Earth's surface over one day cycle.
Payload Application:
VT_HASP_2009.pdf

Payload Integration Plan:
VT_PSIP_2009.pdf

Science Report:

Monthly Briefings: