Georgia Tech teams up with NASA to launch the Lunar Flashlight spacecraft

The Lunar Flashlight spacecraft was built and designed by Georgia Tech researchers and engineers and is headed to the moon. (Photo courtesy of Georgia Tech)

A group of researchers and engineers at Georgia Tech are helping to spearhead a project to collect frozen water from the moon.

Dr. Glenn Lightsey, a professor at the Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, says Georgia Tech’s partnership with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California started in 2019 when Georgia Tech was asked to build a propulsion system—which then led them to build an operation center and The Lunar Flashlight spacecraft.

Lightsey, who serves as the co-principal investigator for the Lunar Flashlight project, Mason Starr, the Lunar Flashlight’s mission operations lead, and Michael Hauge, Lunar Flashlight’s lead operations systems engineer, were guests on a recent episode of “Closer Look.”

They talked with show host Rose about their upcoming mission to the moon and the future of space.