NASA news: Agency’s Trojan asteroid mission passes ‘critical’ milestone

This provides components and subsystems the necessary flexibility to get the asteroid observer ready for its October 2021 launch.

Hal Levison, Lucy Principal Investigator, said: “No one anticipated that we would be building a spacecraft under these circumstances but I once again have been impressed by this team’s creativity and resiliency to overcome any challenge placed before them.”

Successful completion of this System Integration Review means the project can proceed with assembling and testing the spacecraft in preparations for launch.

The spacecraft is consequently on track to begin assembly, test and launch operations next month at a Lockheed Martin Space Systems facility.

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