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Challenges of the MMX Rover mission to Phobos

IJpelaan, Frans and Biele, Jens and Lagabarre, Sandra and Buse, Fabian and Tardivel, Simon (2021) Challenges of the MMX Rover mission to Phobos. Global Space Exploration Conference 2021 (GLEX 2021), 14.-18. Jun. 2021, St. Petersburg, Russland.

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The Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, aims at the Martian Moons Phobos and Deimos. It will return samples from Phobos back to Earth and deliver a small (about 25 kg) Rover to the surface. The Rover will be released from the mother spacecraft from below 100m high. After an uncontrolled descent and landing on Phobos, the Rover will uprighten itself. This is followed by the deployment and pointing of its Solar Array for the Rover to become independent from an energy point of view. This is all to happen autonomously, as the ground loop duration (Rover > MMX spacecraft > Earth > MMX spacecraft > Rover) is too long for the Rover to survive on battery power alone. Over its 100-day mission on Phobos, the Rover aims to demonstrate locomotion in a milli-g environment, to provide valuable insights of what Phobos is like and how its surface behaves to the MMX spacecraft before its own landing to perform the sampling and to experimentautonomous navigations algorithms. We will report on the particular challenges of designing, building and operating a rover on Phobos. MMX will be launched in September 2024, with the Rover delivery to Phobos planned for 2026-2027. The Rover is a contribution by the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR).

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/148194/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Challenges of the MMX Rover mission to Phobos
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
IJpelaan, FransCNES, ToulouseUNSPECIFIED
Biele, JensJens.Biele (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Lagabarre, SandraSandra.Lagabarre (at) cnes.frUNSPECIFIED
Buse, FabianFabian.Buse (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2279-5735
Tardivel, SimonSimon.Tardivel (at) cnes.frUNSPECIFIED
Date:June 2021
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Phobos, Rover, MMX, CNES, DLR
Event Title:Global Space Exploration Conference 2021 (GLEX 2021)
Event Location:St. Petersburg, Russland
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:14.-18. Jun. 2021
Organizer:International Astronautical Federation (IAF)
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: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > User center for space experiments (MUSC)
Institute of System Dynamics and Control > Space System Dynamics
Deposited By: Buse, Fabian
Deposited On:12 Jan 2022 10:01
Last Modified:12 Jan 2022 10:01

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