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Power system analysis and optimization of a modular experiment Carrier during an analog lunar demo mission on a volcanic environment

Tsakyridis, Georgios and Lange, Caroline and Jahnke, Stephan Siegfried and Witte, Lars and Toth, Norbert and Scharringhausen, Marco and Xiros, Nikolaos (2018) Power system analysis and optimization of a modular experiment Carrier during an analog lunar demo mission on a volcanic environment. Acta Astronautica, pp. 200-210. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2018.11.034. ISSN 0094-5765.

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Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0094576518301292


The ROBEX (Robotic Exploration of Extreme Environments) alliance, as formed by the German Helmholtz association, aims to explore synergies and bring together technological challenges and scientific questions between two, up to now unrelated, fields: space and deep sea. The final goal of the alliance targets field tests for available and newly developed instrumentation for the deep sea and on a terrestrial lunar analogue. In this regard, two different test campaigns were conducted, one in the area of Svalbard, Norway and one on mount Etna in Sicily, Italy. The volcano environment served as a lunar analogue, enabling seismic scientific experiments and testing of robotic mobility algorithms. The complete field mission infrastructure consists of a stationary lander, a mobile element and instrument carriers. The modular instrument carrier, commonly referred as Remote Unit (RU), was developed accounting for two different mass requirements: 3 kg (RU3) and 10 kg (RU10). While developed in the frame of ROBEX resumes the idea of a lightweight instrument carrier as developed for the MASCOT (Mobile Asteroid surface scout) mission. The RU houses the instrument, shelters it and provides all essential support functions such as rudimentary thermal control (via foil covering), power provision, data acquisition and handling and data transmission to the control centre. This paper presents theoretical and experimental results of the RU3 power subsystem analysis during the mount Etna field campaign. Drawing upon this analysis, necessary adjustments and revisions to further develop the system towards a more power efficient structure for terrestrial and extraterrestrial usage can be concluded.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/124631/
Document Type:Article
Title:Power system analysis and optimization of a modular experiment Carrier during an analog lunar demo mission on a volcanic environment
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Lange, CarolineUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1709-3667UNSPECIFIED
Jahnke, Stephan SiegfriedUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1678-4332UNSPECIFIED
Witte, LarsUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3921-2524UNSPECIFIED
Xiros, NikolaosUniversity of New OrleansUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Acta Astronautica
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 200-210
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Keywords:ROBEX, Demo mission, Power system, Engineering
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 - Explorationsstudien (old)
Location: Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Space Systems > Land and Exploration Technology
Institute of Space Systems > System Analysis Space Segment
Institute of Space Systems > Avionics Systems
Deposited By: Witte, Dr. Lars
Deposited On:11 Dec 2018 09:54
Last Modified:20 Nov 2023 13:57

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