elib
DLR-Header
DLR-Logo -> http://www.dlr.de
DLR Portal Home | Imprint | Contact | Deutsch
Fontsize: [-] Text [+]

A Vehicle Dynamics Test Facility For Planetary Surface Mobility

Witte, L. and Richter, L. and Block, J. and Buchwald, R. and Scharringhausen, M. and Spröwitz, T. and Schröder, S. (2009) A Vehicle Dynamics Test Facility For Planetary Surface Mobility. In: European Conference on Spacecraft Structures, Materials and Mechanical Testing. 11th European Conference on Spacecraft Structure, Materials and Mechanical Testing (ECSSMMT 11), 15th - 17th of September 2009, Toulouse, France.

[img] PDF - Registered users only - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
590kB

Abstract

Future exploration missions pose demanding requirements towards access by vehicles to scientifically interesting sites on planetary surfaces. Driving requirements stem from the need of more flexibility in site selection, improved payload to vehicle mass ratios and higher mission success probabilities. This applies to the touchdown of landing vehicles as well as to the surface operations of roving vehicles. The determination of relevant load cases and requirements verification is a mandatory step in systems development. To achieve dynamically similar loads on the test vehicle on earth as could be expected on the planetary targets of these vehicles several test principles exist with varying suitability for each test case. These are in particular tests with scaled models following certain laws of similarity or actively weight offloaded tests with (in the ideal case) unscaled vehicles. In order to support the design, development and test of exploration vehicles, the DLR Institute of Space Systems has deployed a new test facility which supports these different principles. The key element of this facility is a standard 6-axis industrial robot as it is typically known from factory automation applications. The main reason for using an industrial robot is to provide a fully active, self supporting and in the use cases highly flexible device for setup and maintaining load scenarios and test object handling. The test ground is given by a soil bin with dimension of 10x4m, containing the planetary soil simulant. A section of 4x4m is designed as a tiltable ramp and can be adjusted to simulate slopes. This paper describes the test cases und underlying working principles as well as the technical realisation of this facility. Results from the test, verification and simulation of the facility will be shown.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:A Vehicle Dynamics Test Facility For Planetary Surface Mobility
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Witte, L.DLR Bremen, lars.witte@dlr.de
Richter, L.DLR, Bremen (Germany)
Block, J.DLR-Braunschweig, joachim.block@dlr.de
Buchwald, R.Astrium Space Transportation, Robert.Buchwald@astrium.eads.net
Scharringhausen, M.DLR, Bremen, marco.scharringhausen@dlr.de
Spröwitz, T.DLR, Bremen, tom.sproewitz@dlr.de
Schröder, S.DLR Bremen, silvio.schroeder@dlr.de
Date:2009
Journal or Publication Title:European Conference on Spacecraft Structures, Materials and Mechanical Testing
Refereed publication:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Status:Published
Keywords:Landing and Mobility Test Facility, Touchdown Dynamics, Robotic Exploration, Surface Operations, Landing System, Rover
Event Title:11th European Conference on Spacecraft Structure, Materials and Mechanical Testing (ECSSMMT 11)
Event Location:Toulouse, France
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:15th - 17th of September 2009
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Science and Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Landetechnologien
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Explorationssysteme
Deposited By: Lars Witte
Deposited On:23 Jan 2014 10:11
Last Modified:23 Jan 2014 10:11

Repository Staff Only: item control page

Browse
Search
Help & Contact
Informationen
electronic library is running on EPrints 3.3.12
Copyright © 2008-2012 German Aerospace Center (DLR). All rights reserved.