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The Development and first Cruise Activity of the MASCOT Lander onboard the Hayabuse 2 mission

Ho, T.-M. and Lange, C. and Ziach, Ch. and Baturkin, V. and Grimm, Ch. and Grundmann, J. T. and Auster, H-U. and Bibring, J.P. and Biele, J. and Borgs, B. and Deleuze, M. and Grott, M. and Jaumann, R. and Lange, M. and Lichtenheldt, R. and Mierheim, O. and Reill, J. (2015) The Development and first Cruise Activity of the MASCOT Lander onboard the Hayabuse 2 mission. 11th Low Cost Planetary Missions Conference, 9.-11. Juni 2015, Berlin, Germany.

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Since December 2014 the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa-II is on its journey to asteroid 1999 JU3. Like its famous predecessor it is foreseen to study and return samples from its target body. This time, the mother spacecraft has several small passengers. One of them is a compact landing package called MASCOT (Mobile Asteroid surface SCOuT), which has been developed by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES). Once having been released from its motherspacecraft's cradle, MASCOT will descend to the asteroid and after a few bounces will come to rest at a certain location on the surface. Sitting on the surface, it will perform its scientific investigations of the asteroids surface structure, mineralogical and physical properties, thermal behaviour and magnetic effects by using its suite of four scienti c instruments: a spectrometer (MicrOmega, IAS Paris), a camera (CAM, DLR Berlin), a radiometer (MARA, DLR Berlin) and a magnetometer (MAG, TU Braunschweig). These payload operations are made possible, amongst others, by a clever thermal subsystem design specifically devised to cope with the contrasting requirements of cold cruise and hot on-surface operations and a primary battery optimizing mass versus energy output. A mobility mechanism realizes locomotion in the surface supported by an according attitude and motion sensing system and an intelligent autonomy manager, which is implemented in the onboard Software, can operate MASCOT when ground intervention is not available. In a nutshell, with its many challenging technical hurdles that have been solved, the MASCOT lander can serve as a benchmark for extremely lightweight (10kg), highly integrated mobile small body landing systems with onboard autonomy and high science output. This paper will summarize the mission and system development. We will provide an overview over the final capabilities of the system as well as discuss the latest challenging pre-launch activities and tests. Further a summary and an outlook regarding the already performed as well as upcoming post-launch activities will follow.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/101107/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:The Development and first Cruise Activity of the MASCOT Lander onboard the Hayabuse 2 mission
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Ho, T.-M.DLR Bremen, tra-mi.ho (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Lange, C.DLR Bremen, caroline.lange (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Ziach, Ch.DLR Bremen, Christian.Ziach (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Baturkin, V.DLR Bremen, volodymyr.baturkin (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Grimm, Ch.DLR Bremen, christian.grimm (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Grundmann, J. T.DLR-Bremen, jan.grundmann (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Auster, H-U.TU Braunschweig, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Biele, J.DLR-Köln, jens.biele (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Borgs, B.DLR Berlin, belinda.borgs (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Deleuze, M.CNES, ToulouseUNSPECIFIED
Grott, M.DLR-Berlin, matthias.grott (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Jaumann, R.DLR Berlin, ralf.jaumann (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Lange, M.DLR Göttingen, m.lange (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Lichtenheldt, R.DLR Oberpfaffenhofen, roy.lichtenheldt (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Mierheim, O.DLR Braunschweig, olaf.mierheim (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Reill, J.DLR Oberpfaffenhofen, Josef.Reill (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:9 June 2015
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:MASCOT, Hayabusa 2
Event Title:11th Low Cost Planetary Missions Conference
Event Location:Berlin, Germany
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:9.-11. Juni 2015
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Project MASCOT (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof , Braunschweig , Bremen , Köln-Porz , Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > User center for space experiments (MUSC)
Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geology
Institute of Planetary Research
Institute of System Dynamics and Control > Space System Dynamics
Institute of Composite Structures and Adaptive Systems > Functional Lightweight Structures
Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics (since 2013) > Mechatronic Components and Systems
Institute of Space Systems > Land and Exploration Technology
Institute of Space Systems > Mechanic and Thermal Systems
Deposited By: Herrmann, Astrid
Deposited On:17 Dec 2015 09:55
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:58

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