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A robotically deployable lunar surface science station and its validation in a Moon-analogue environment

Witte, Lars and Heffels, Alexandra and Killian, Matthias and Knapmeyer, Martin and Lange, Caroline and Toth, Norbert and Tsakyridis, Georgios and Wedler, Armin (2020) A robotically deployable lunar surface science station and its validation in a Moon-analogue environment. Planetary and Space Science. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.pss.2020.105080. ISSN 0032-0633.

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Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0032063320302932

Abstract

This article presents a system design and a surface operations concept for a robotically deployable, small scientific observatory on the lunar surface. The design reference mission scenario considers its implementation as part of larger international exploration mission such as the European Exploration Envelope Programme. The underlying science case particularly addresses scientific objectives for long term observations as part of scientific networks. Considered strawman payload for this surface station focuses on instruments which are – or could be – candidates for geophysical and astronomical observation networks. A seismometer, a radio experiment and an IR telescope have been taken as sizing case to assess the station’s system budgets. First part of the article looks at the station design from engineering perspective whether a small modular station can address common needs of such instruments such as a sustained operation in the lunar environment. Focus is given to design features to enable the station’s deployment by robotic assets. Secondly, the core unit of the conceptualized station has been built as engineering model including its basic system functions, interfaces to neighboring mission elements such as the lander vehicle and the rover and a set of geophones as representative for a science instrument. This hardware realization was used in a functional end-to-end demonstration from robotic deployment to delivery of geo-scientific data. The mission demonstration has been carried out in a Moon analogue field test on Mt. Etna, Sicily/Italy and confirmed the general feasibility of the proposed concept for lunar scientific exploration. Particularly, the evaluation of the acquired seismic data confirmed its suitability for sub-surface exploration. Results from the Moon analogue test are presented together with the design details of the surface station and the necessary conditions for its implementation and use in a robotic exploration scenario.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/135958/
Document Type:Article
Title:A robotically deployable lunar surface science station and its validation in a Moon-analogue environment
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Witte, LarsLars.Witte (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3921-2524
Heffels, AlexandraAlexandra.Heffels (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9266-8061
Killian, Matthiasm.killian (at) tum.deUNSPECIFIED
Knapmeyer, MartinMartin.Knapmeyer (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0319-2514
Lange, CarolineCaroline.Lange (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1709-3667
Toth, NorbertNorbert.Toth (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Tsakyridis, GeorgiosGeorgios.Tsakyridis (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Wedler, Arminarmin.wedler (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8641-0163
Date:2 September 2020
Journal or Publication Title:Planetary and Space Science
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1016/j.pss.2020.105080
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0032-0633
Status:Published
Keywords:lunar surface science package; robotic exploration; Moon-analogue field test; seismic refraction profile
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 Robotics and Mechatronics (since 2013)
Institute of Planetary Research
Institute of Space Systems > Avionics Systems
Institute of Space Systems > Systems Engineering and Project Office
Deposited By: Witte, Dr. Lars
Deposited On:14 Sep 2020 09:44
Last Modified:29 Sep 2020 09:03

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