This term is all about developing those mission concepts, with the BinarX Mission Concept Review (MCR) taking place once the term is over. The MCR is all about figuring out what we want to do – it’s the first big milestone in sending a mission to space. Since our missions are student-led, we’re putting that decision in their hands – we’ll be there to give some feedback and recommendations, but the choice of what to send up there will be down to them.
As always, you can follow along with what we’re up to online – and we do mean follow along! We’ve got three schools helping us build and pilot BinarX, but we’re also locked in for next year and beyond. You don’t need to be “in” BinarX right now to have BinarX in your classroom, club or community today! [Everything you need is here](BinarX Page).
(And if you’re wondering why programs like this are so important, have a listen to our Director Phil Bland chatting about it with The Science Show on ABC.)
And finally, Prospector, our mission to hunt for water ice and build a magnetic map of the moon, is heading for Preliminary Design Review. If MCR is all about figuring out what you want to do, PDR is about starting to figure out how – we’re going from an idea to a plan.
We know we want to search for ice in craters that never see the sun, and map the moon’s magnetic field at a higher resolution than ever before. But how can we do that? What types of sensors do we need?