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Overview of NASA Gateway Lunar Dust Mitigation and Contamination Modeling and AnalysisThe planned NASA Artemis campaign has several lunar surface missions in which the NASA Gateway is the waypoint between lunar orbit and the lunar surface for Human Lander System (HLS). Each of these missions is an opportunity for lunar dust to be introduced into the Gateway environment, post surface mission, potentially causing end of life (EOL) performance degradation due to lunar dust contamination of sensitive hardware and systems on the exterior of Gateway and Visiting Vehicles. The Gateway Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I) and Induced Environments teams are addressing the challenge of lunar dust with a two-pronged approach. Characterization of the lunar dust induced environment around Gateway and contamination risk is accomplished with a comprehensive physics-based framework, the Gateway On-orbit Lunar Dust Modeling and Analysis Program (GOLDMAP), which is currently in development. Analysis results from GOLDMAP define Gateway-level induced environments requirements and are flowed to elements and subsystems. In parallel, a dust mitigation strategy is being developed with a focus on lunar dust protection, dust mitigation technologies, mitigation and testing guidance, and cross-program coordination and is informed by outputs from GOLDMAP analyses. Activities supporting both components include hardware susceptibility assessments and testing, and scientific experiments on lunar regolith.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Johnson Space Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Ronald G. Lee, Jr.
(Booz Allen Hamilton (United States) Tysons Corner, Virginia, United States)
Gary L. Brown
(Barrios Technology Houston, Texas, United States)
Date Acquired
March 8, 2023
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing and Performance
Meeting Information
Meeting: Contamination, Coatings, Materials, and Planetary Protection Workshop
Location: Greenbelt, MD
Country: US
Start Date: September 12, 2023
End Date: September 14, 2023
Sponsors: Goddard Space Flight Center
Funding Number(s)
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
Technical Review
NASA Technical Management
Spacecraft charging
lunar dust
complex plasma
systems engineering
lunar dust mitigation
lunar dust charging
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