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A Rover for the MMX Mission to investigate the surface of Phobos

Ulamec, Stephan and Michel, Patrick and Grott, Matthias and Böttger, Ute and Murdoch, Naomi and Vernazza, Pierre and Biele, Jens and Tardivel, Simon and and the MMX, Rover Science Team (2021) A Rover for the MMX Mission to investigate the surface of Phobos. 43rd COSPAR, January 28th - February 4th, 2021, Sydney (virtuell).

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The Mars Moon eXploration (MMX) mission by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, will investigate the Martian Moons Phobos and Deimos. It will return samples from Phobos to Earth and deliver a small (about 25 kg) rover to the surface. This rover which is a contribution by the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) with additional contributions from INTA (Spain) and JAXA. Is going to be delivered by the mother spacecraft from low (<100m) altitude and will investigate the surface of Phobos with a payload of four scientific instruments: a Raman spectrometer (RAX) to measure the mineralogical composition of the surface material, a stereo pair of navigation cameras looking affront NAVCam, a radiometer (miniRAD) to measure the surface brightness temperature and determine thermal properties of both regolith and rocks (if in the field of view), and two cameras looking at the interface between wheel and surface, WheelCam. The Rover will provide scientific data on the regolith properties, provide ground truth for the orbiter instruments and give context information for the returned samples. It will also demonstrate the technology of locomotion on a low gravity body. The MMX Rover shall be able to operate for about 100 days and investigate the terrain along its path of several tens of meters. MMX will be launched in September 2024, the Rover delivery is currently planned for 2026 - 2027.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/143994/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:A Rover for the MMX Mission to investigate the surface of Phobos
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Ulamec, StephanStephan.Ulamec (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Michel, PatrickCNRS Nice, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Grott, MatthiasMatthias.Grott (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Böttger, UteUte.Boettger (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Murdoch, NaomiISEA-SPAERO, Université de ToulouseUNSPECIFIED
Vernazza, PierreLAM, Marseille, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Biele, JensJens.Biele (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Tardivel, SimonCNES, ToulouseUNSPECIFIED
Date:15 August 2021
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:MMX Rover, Phobos
Event Title:43rd COSPAR
Event Location:Sydney (virtuell)
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:January 28th - February 4th, 2021
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Robotics
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R RO - Robotics
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Project MMX [RO]
Location: Berlin-Adlershof , Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > User center for space experiments (MUSC)
Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Physics
Institute of Optical Sensor Systems > Space Instruments
Deposited By: Herrmann, Astrid
Deposited On:17 Sep 2021 14:17
Last Modified:17 Sep 2021 14:17

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