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Key technologies and instrumentation for subsurface exploration of ocean worlds

Dachwald, B. and Ulamec, S. and Postberg, F. and Sohl, F. and de Vera, Jean Pierre Paul and Waldmann, C. and Lorenz, R.D. and Zacny, K.A. and Hellard, Hugo and Biele, Jens and Rettberg, P. (2020) Key technologies and instrumentation for subsurface exploration of ocean worlds. Space Science Reviews, 216, p. 83. Springer. doi: 10.1007/s11214-020-00707-5. ISSN 0038-6308.

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In this chapter, the key technologies and the instrumentation required for the subsurface exploration of ocean worlds are discussed. The focus is laid on Jupiters moon Europa and Saturns moon Enceladus because they have the highest potential for such missions in the near future. The exploration of their oceans requires landing on the surface, penetrating the thick ice shell with an ice-penetrating probe, and probably diving with an underwater vehicle through dozens of kilometers of water to the ocean floor, to have the chance to find life, if it exists. Technologically, such missions are extremely challenging. The required key technologies include power generation, communications, pressure resistance, radiation hardness, corrosion protection, navigation, miniaturization, autonomy, and sterilization and cleaning. Simpler mission concepts involve impactors and penetrators or, in the case of Enceladus, plume-fly-through missions.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/135428/
Document Type:Article
Title:Key technologies and instrumentation for subsurface exploration of ocean worlds
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Dachwald, B.FH Aachenhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8765-8339UNSPECIFIED
Ulamec, S.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8856-4622UNSPECIFIED
Postberg, F.Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germanyhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5862-4276UNSPECIFIED
Sohl, F.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0355-1556UNSPECIFIED
de Vera, Jean Pierre PaulUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9530-5821UNSPECIFIED
Waldmann, C.Universität Bremen/MARUMhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3388-7579UNSPECIFIED
Lorenz, R.D.Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, MP3-E169, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel, MD 20723, USAhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8528-4644UNSPECIFIED
Zacny, K.A.Honeybee Robotics, 398 W Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hellard, HugoUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0077-3196UNSPECIFIED
Biele, JensUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7414-829XUNSPECIFIED
Rettberg, P.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4439-2395UNSPECIFIED
Date:29 June 2020
Journal or Publication Title:Space Science Reviews
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:p. 83
Keywords:Subsurface access; Melting probes; Drilling probes; Impactors; Penetrators; Underwater vehicles; Plume-sampling; In-situ instrumentation; Europa; Enceladus; Icy moons; Ocean worlds
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 - Vorhaben Planetary Evolution and Life (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof , Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Radiation Biology
Space Operations and Astronaut Training > User center for space experiments (MUSC)
Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Laboratories
Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Physics
Institute of Planetary Research > Extrasolar Planets and Atmospheres
Deposited By: de Vera, Dr. Jean Pierre Paul
Deposited On:06 Jul 2020 11:03
Last Modified:28 Jun 2023 13:00

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