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Exploring Small Bodies: Nano- and microlander options derived from the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout

Lange, Caroline and Ho, Tra-Mi and Grimm, Christian and Grundmann, Jan Thimo and Ziach, Christian and Lichtenheldt, Roy (2018) Exploring Small Bodies: Nano- and microlander options derived from the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout. Advances in Space Research, 62 (8), pp. 2055-2083. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.asr.2018.05.013. ISSN 0273-1177.

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Official URL: http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0273117718304095


The MASCOT lander currently flying on-board of the Japanese Hayabusa2 spacecraft, both set to explore the C-type Near-Earth Asteroid (162173) Ryugu, is not the first, but certainly one of the more complex nanolander systems having been designed for being carried along a bigger interplanetary spacecraft. Other concepts and current missions have shown the attractiveness of the class of nanosystems now increasing its application range from Earth orbiting cubesats to interplanetary scientific exploration endeavors, from orbiting to landing missions. This paper is intended to investigate nanolander options derived based on the MASCOT lander concept. For this purpose we gather interesting target bodies and analyze their respective environmental properties as well as their influence on the nanolander design, for example the landing system, the surface mobility, the power subsystem and the communication architecture. Further, an expansion of the scientific objectives of the current MASCOT lander from geological surface scout to other scientific objectives opens a range of new possibilities. For deeper analysis on this, we provide an overview over possible alternative payloads to the ones already flying on MASCOT and analyze their influence on the system design as it is. Obviously, the experience that has been gained with MASCOT provides us with a head start for future missions, if it is properly exploited. With this paper we intend to recommend MASCOT type of nanolanders for a range of possible future applications.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/121845/
Document Type:Article
Title:Exploring Small Bodies: Nano- and microlander options derived from the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Lange, CarolineUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1709-3667UNSPECIFIED
Ho, Tra-MiUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3378-3227UNSPECIFIED
Grimm, ChristianUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4490-7424UNSPECIFIED
Grundmann, Jan ThimoUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8809-0981UNSPECIFIED
Lichtenheldt, RoyUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2539-4910UNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Advances in Space Research
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 2055-2083
Keywords:nanolander asteroids landing exploration
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Project Mascot (Bus)
Location: Bremen , Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics (since 2013)
Institute of Space Systems > Systems Engineering and Project Office
Institute of Space Systems > Land and Exploration Technology
Deposited By: Lange, Caroline
Deposited On:27 Sep 2018 11:06
Last Modified:03 Nov 2023 10:13

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