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Low Cost Mission to Deimos

Quantius, Dominik and Päsler, Hartmut and Braukhane, Andy and Gülzow, Peter and Bauer, Waldemar and Vollhardt, Achim and Schubert, Daniel and Romberg, Oliver and Scheibe, Karsten and Hoffmann, Harald and Börner, Anko (2010) Low Cost Mission to Deimos. COSPAR 2010, 18.-25. Jul. 2010, Bremen, Germany.

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The German non-profit amateur satellite organisation AMSAT-Deutschland successfully designed, built and launched four HEO satellites in the last three decades. Now they are going to build a satellite to leave the Earth orbit based on their flight-proven P3-D satellite design. Due to energetic constraints the most suitable launch date for the planned P5-A satellite to Mars will be in 2018. To efficiently use the relatively long time gap until launch a possible prior Moon mission came into mind. In co-operation with the DLR-Institute of Space Systems in Bremen, Germany, two studies on systems level for a first P5 satellite towards Moon and a following one towards Mars have been performed. By using the DLR’s Concurrent Engineering Facility (CEF) two consistent satellite concepts were designed including mission analysis, configuration, propulsion, subsystem dimensioning, payload selection, budgeting and cost. The present paper gives an insight in the accomplished design process and the results of the performed study towards Mars. The developed Mars orbiter is designed to carry the following four main instruments besides flexible communication abilities: -multispectral line scanner for Martian cloud investigations and Deimos (and Phobos) stereo pictures during close flybys -Deimos framing camera for high resolution pictures of Deimos (and Phobos) including video mode -sensor imaging infrared spectrometer for mineralogy of Martian (also Deimos and Phobos) silicates and surface temperature measurements -radio science for research of Deimos (& Phobos) gravity, profiling of Mars ionosphere, occurrence of third meteoritic ionosphere layer; sounding of neutral atmosphere; solar corona activity This study presents a non-industrial satellite concept that could be launched as piggyback load on Ariane 5 into GTO. It promises a low cost mission into a Mars orbit that allows close approaches to Deimos and Phobos.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:Low Cost Mission to Deimos
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Quantius, DominikDLR
Päsler, HartmutAMSAT DL
Braukhane, AndyDLR
Gülzow, PeterAMSAT DL
Bauer, WaldemarDLR
Vollhardt, AchimAMSAT DL
Schubert, DanielDLR
Romberg, OliverDLR
Scheibe, KarstenDLR
Hoffmann, HaraldDLR
Börner, AnkoDLR
Date:23 July 2010
Refereed publication:No
Keywords:DLR, AMSAT, Mars, Deimos, Phobos, low cost, OPTA, DFC, MARTIS, radio amateur, CEF
Event Title:COSPAR 2010
Event Location:Bremen, Germany
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:18.-25. Jul. 2010
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Systemanalyse Raumsegment
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Systemanalyse Raumsegmente
Deposited By: Dominik Quantius
Deposited On:23 Aug 2010 14:35
Last Modified:29 Jan 2014 11:03

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