After reviewing the design and planning of the mission, the NASA Independent Review Committee gave the team the green light to continue the manufacturing phase of the mission. Over a period of four days, the Independent Review Committee heard presentations on various aspects of mission design.
The Independent Review Committee includes reviews from NASA and several external organizations. In terms of mission, the review includes Lucy detector and instrument payloads, flight hardware and software system level test plans, systems engineering, mission assurance, ground systems and related scientific research. Lucy will be the first space mission to study the Troy asteroid, which revolves around the sun at the same distance as Jupiter.
The goal of the mission is to launch the Lucy detector in October 2021. Lucy's mission will span 12 years to seven different asteroids, including one Main Belt asteroid and six Trojan asteroids. The main research institution is the Southwest Institute in Boulder, Colorado. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center will manage the entire mission, systems engineering, and provide security for the mission. The probe will be built by Lockhid Martin Aerospace Systems in Denver, Colorado. Lucy (Lucy) is an exploratory task with a relatively low cost and a maximum development cost of $450 million.