Working Closely with NASA Kennedy Space Center
Since 2012, INFICON has been working together with NASA Kennedy Space Center scientists, engineers and its commercial partners to integrate our commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) mass spectrometers as part of different projects, such as the Resource Prospector and the RESOLVE missions. In a 2019 internal solicitation, NASA selected 13 payloads to be among the early payloads to be delivered to the Moon through the CLPS initiative. Among these payloads is NASA's Mass Spectrometer Observing Lunar Operation (MSolo) payload, which includes the INFICON Transpector® MPH quadrupole mass spectrometer as its main component. The main objective of the MSolo instrument is to measure and quantify water and volatiles on the lunar surface, as well as to characterize low molecular weight isotopic ratios, for example deuterium to hydrogen ratio (D/H) and oxygen isotopes ratio (O18/O16), to help identify the source of lunar water, as well as provide a path for ISRU (in-situ resource utilization) activities.