The first phase of Korean lunar mission has been officially initiated in spring 2016 toward the goal to send Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO) onto the lunar polar orbit by 2018 based on collaboration with NASA.
While KARI is leading the official formulation of the KPLO project and its conceptual design for the obiter pathfinder, ground system and the feasibility study to handle the science data and get linked with existing planetary data archives such as PDS, etc., many Korean lunar science communities have worked on the design and development for prospective lunar instrument prototypes associated with unknown lunar scientific fundamentals.
After the domestic announcement of opportunity (AO) for the first Korean lunar mission was officially released in early 2016, 3 scientific payloads have been selected for KPLO out of several domestic candidates.
KARI is also expecting NASA’s science instruments to be selected from the AO handled by NASA HQ.
In this talk, an updated status of the KPLO is explained including mission definition, design requirements, international collaborative items, etc. The overview of the prospective Korean lunar science instruments selected for the KPLO is presented in terms of specifications, domestic/international organization, conceptual design, pursuing lunar science, etc.
In addition, NASA’s participating science payloads to be accommodated on the KPLO mission could be briefed, if selected.