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Germany's Option for a Moon Satellite

Quantius, Dominik and Päsler, Hartmut and Braukhane, Andy and Gülzow, Peter and Bauer, Waldemar and Vollhardt, Achim and Romberg, Oliver and Scheibe, Karsten and Hoffmann, Harald and Börner, Anko and Krüger, Hans (2010) Germany's Option for a Moon Satellite. 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 Moon. The developed Moon orbiter is designed to carry the following four main instruments besides flexible communication abilities: -slewable HDTV camera combined with a high gain antenna that allows receiving lunar television using a commercially available satellite TV dish on Earth -sensor imaging infrared spectrometer for mineralogy of lunar silicates and lunar surface temperature measurements -camera for detection and monitoring of impact flashes in visible light (VIS) on lunar night side caused by meteoroid impact events -camera technology test for interplanetary navigation and planetary approach navigation. This study presents a non-industrial satellite concept that could be launched as piggyback load on Ariane 5 into GTO. Due to the fact, that the satellite would be built by the private sector, the mission costs would remain low. Otherwise the scientific and public output would be high using that satellite bus for the instruments contributed by DLR.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Additional Information:B01-0016-10
Title:Germany's Option for a Moon Satellite
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Quantius, DominikDLR
Päsler, HartmutAMSAT DL
Braukhane, AndyDLR
Gülzow, PeterAMSAT DL
Bauer, WaldemarDLR
Vollhardt, AchimAMSAT DL
Romberg, OliverDLR
Scheibe, KarstenDLR
Hoffmann, HaraldDLR
Börner, AnkoDLR
Krüger, HansDLR
Date:23 July 2010
Keywords:DLR, AMSAT, Moon, low cost, HDTV, SPOSH, MORTIS, ATON, radio amateur, CEF, WSB-transfer
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 (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Raumfahrzeugsysteme - Konzepte und Entwurf (old)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Systemanalyse Raumsegmente
Deposited By: Dominik Quantius
Deposited On:23 Aug 2010 13:57
Last Modified:23 Aug 2010 13:57

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