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A seismic-network mission proposal as an example for modular robotic lunar exploration missions

Lange, Caroline and Witte, Lars and Heffels, Alexandra and Sohl, Frank and Rosta, Roland and Knapmeyer, Martin (2017) A seismic-network mission proposal as an example for modular robotic lunar exploration missions. Acta Astronautica (134), pp. 121-132. Elsevier. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2017.02.004. ISSN 0094-5765

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Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0094576516306269

Abstract

In this paper it is intended to discuss an approach to reduce design costs for subsequent missions by introducing modularity, commonality and multi-mission capability and thereby reuse of mission individual investments into the design of lunar exploration infrastructural systems. The presented approach has been developed within the German Helmholtz-Alliance on Robotic Exploration of Extreme Environments (ROBEX), a research alliance bringing together deep-sea and space research to jointly develop technologies and investigate problems for the exploration of highly inaccessible terrain – be it in the deep sea and polar regions or on the Moon and other planets. Although overall costs are much smaller for deep sea missions as compared to lunar missions, a lot can be learned from modularity approaches in deep sea research infrastructure design, which allows a high operational flexibility in the planning phase of a mission as well as during its implementation. The research presented here is based on a review of existing modular solutions in Earth orbiting satellites as well as science and exploration systems. This is followed by an investigation of lunar exploration scenarios from which we derive requirements for a multi-mission modular architecture. After analyzing possible options, an approach using a bus modular architecture for dedicated subsystems is presented. The approach is based on exchangeable modules e.g. incorporating instruments, which are added to the baseline system platform according to the demands of the specific scenario. It will be described in more detail, including arising problems e.g. in the power or thermal domain. Finally, technological building blocks to put the architecture into practical use will be described more in detail.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/111811/
Document Type:Article
Title:A seismic-network mission proposal as an example for modular robotic lunar exploration missions
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Lange, CarolineCaroline.Lange (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Witte, LarsLars.Witte (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Heffels, AlexandraAlexandra.Heffels (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9266-8061
Sohl, FrankFrank.Sohl (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Rosta, RolandRoland.Rosta (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Knapmeyer, MartinMartin.Knapmeyer (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0319-2514
Date:May 2017
Journal or Publication Title:Acta Astronautica
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2017.02.004.
Page Range:pp. 121-132
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0094-5765
Status:Published
Keywords:Modularity; Robotic exploration; Lunar lander; Reuse
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 - Explorationsstudien
Location: Berlin-Adlershof , Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research
Institute of Space Systems > Land and Exploration Technology
Deposited By: Lange, Caroline
Deposited On:05 Apr 2017 10:38
Last Modified:23 Aug 2017 12:49

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