Clementine Spacecraft
Clementine Spacecraft

The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) selected the Naval Research Laboratory's (NRL's) Naval Center for Space Technology (NCST) to design, engineer, manufacture, test, and integrate the Clementine spacecraft. NCST was also responsible for mission design, ground support, and flight operations.

The SED designed and built the advanced composite structures, interstage adapter system, attitude control system, and reaction control system; integrated and tested the sensors, experiments, and spacecraft; integrated the spacecraft with the launch vehicle; and conducted mission operations. Clementine was built, integrated, and tested at NRL's Payload Processing Facility in Building A-59.

Clementine incorporated advanced, light weight, non-spaceflight, and non-heritage technologies as major and critical components of the payload, the spacecraft hardware, and the spacecraft software subsystems.

NCST designed, built, tested, and integrated Clementine in less than 24 months. Clementine launched on board a Titan IIG in January 1994 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Clementine qualified 23 advanced lightweight technologies for spaceflight use. These technologies were developed for the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization of the Department of Defense.

Clementine mapped 100% of the lunar surface in 11 spectral bands with greater than 99% coverage.

Learn more about Clementine and see photos from its mission at its homepage.

Clementine being prepared for launch
Clementine being prepared for launch
Clementine launched on a Titan IIG
Clementine launch on a Titan IIG