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The Philae Landing - Lessons learned for future small bodies missions

Ulamec, Stephan and Biele, Jens (2017) The Philae Landing - Lessons learned for future small bodies missions. ACM Conference, 10. - 14. April 2017, Montevideo, Uruguay.

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Introduct The comet Lander Philae was part of the ESA Rosetta mis- sion [1]. It successfully landed on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on November 12th, 2014 [2]. The landing followed a careful landing site selection process based on data ob- tained with the Rosetta orbiter instruments [3]. After several (unplanned) bounces, Philae per- formed a First Scientific Sequence (FSS), based on the energy stored in it’s on-board batteries. The touch-down dynamics, bouncing trajectory and attitude could be reconstructed a-posteriori. Philae has a payload of ten scientific instru- ments, all of which have been operated at least once [4]. Due to the fact that the final landing site was poorly illuminated, Philae went into hibernation after FSS, but signals from the Lander were received again in June and July 2015. Howev- er, attempts to re-establish reliable and stable communications links, unfortunately, failed. September 2nd, 2016, shortly before the Rosetta mission was ended with a planned impact of the main spacecraft, Philae could be clearly identi- fied on the comet surface with the Rosetta Or- biter Camera (OSIRIS). Rosetta is an ESA mission with contributions from its member states and NASA. Rosetta's Philae Lander is provided by a consortium led by DLR, MPS, CNES and ASI with additional contributions from Hungary, UK, Finland, Ire- land and Austria.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/112435/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:The Philae Landing - Lessons learned for future small bodies missions
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Ulamec, StephanStephan.Ulamec (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Biele, JensJens.Biele (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:April 2017
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Philae Landing
Event Title:ACM Conference
Event Location:Montevideo, Uruguay
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:10. - 14. April 2017
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 - Projekt ROSETTA Lander
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > User center for space experiments (MUSC)
Deposited By: Herrmann, Astrid
Deposited On:22 May 2017 17:14
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:09

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