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VOILA on LUVMI-X: Volatiles Detection in the Lunar Polar Region with Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

Vogt, David and Schröder, Susanne and Hübers, Heinz-Wilhelm and Richter, Lutz and Deiml, Michael and Glier, Markus and Wessels, Peter and Neumann, Jörg (2020) VOILA on LUVMI-X: Volatiles Detection in the Lunar Polar Region with Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy. Europlanet Science Congress 2020, 21. Sep. - 9. Okt. 2020, Virtual meeting.

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With the confirmation of water ice in the lunar polar regions, the Moon has recently come into the focus of attention of international space agencies again. Volatiles, specifically water and hydrogen, are important resources both for life support and for potential applications as fuels and propellants for spacecraft. In-situ resource utilization (ISRU) of volatiles could significantly reduce the costs of a sustained presence on the Moon and could be beneficial for the future human deep space exploration of the solar system. The detection of volatiles is therefore an important scientific goal for future robotic missions to the Moon. The LUVMI-X project (Lunar Volatiles Mobile Instrumentation Extended) is developing an initial system design as well as payload and mobility breadboards for the detection of volatiles in the lunar polar region on a small, lightweight rover. The LUVMI-X rover is shown in Figure 1. One proposed scientific payload is VOILA (Volatiles Identification by Laser Ablation), which is jointly developed by OHB System AG (OHB), Laser Zentrum Hannover (LZH), and the German Aerospace Centers Institute of Optical Sensor Systems (DLR-OS). VOILA will use laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) to analyze the elemental composition of the lunar surface, with a special focus on detecting and quantifying hydrogen and oxygen as indicators for water. LIBS is a versatile technique that requires only optical access to its target [4]. A LIBS spectrum is obtained within seconds, making it well-suited for quick analyses of multiple targets in proximity to the rover. LIBS was first used in space by the ChemCam instrument on board NASAs Curiosity rover on Mars. The first LIBS instrument on the Moon was supposed to operate on board the Pragyan rover of Indias Chandrayaan-2 mission. However, the Chandrayaan-2 lander failed a soft landing in September 2019. Here, we present a summary of the VOILA instrument design and its intended capabilities for volatiles detection at the lunar south pole.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/136022/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:VOILA on LUVMI-X: Volatiles Detection in the Lunar Polar Region with Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Vogt, DavidDavid.Vogt (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1109-6960
Schröder, SusanneSusanne.Schroeder (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Hübers, Heinz-WilhelmHeinz-Wilhelm.Huebers (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Deiml, MichaelOHB System AGUNSPECIFIED
Date:21 September 2020
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Laser, Spektroskopie, Mond, Planetenforschung
Event Title:Europlanet Science Congress 2020
Event Location:Virtual meeting
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:21. Sep. - 9. Okt. 2020
Organizer:Europlanet Society
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben OptoRob
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Optical Sensor Systems > Terahertz and Laser Spectroscopy
Deposited By: Vogt, Dr. David
Deposited On:21 Sep 2020 12:28
Last Modified:21 Sep 2020 12:28

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