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Investigations on Lunar Operations Concepts for Human Spaceflight

Sabath, Dieter and Soellner, Gerd and Wendel, Mareike and Mascher, Thomas and Kaschubek, Daniel and Killian, Matthias and Zöschinger, German and Hartmann, Carsten and Uhlig, Thomas (2023) Investigations on Lunar Operations Concepts for Human Spaceflight. 17th International Conference on Space Operations (SpaceOps 2023), 2023-03-05 - 2023-03-10, Dubai, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate.

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Abstract

In the course of the current decade the return to the Moon is on the agenda of NASA - this time in a joint effort with other space agencies like ESA, CSA and JAXA. The German Space Operations Center (GSOC) as part of DLR is able to bring in their 40 years of experience in human space flight operations into this new endeavour. A study phase together with the TU München has been started some years ago to investigate challenges and necessary operations changes for missions beyond LEO. This paper provides the results of the investigations on operating the notional lunar infrastructure for human spaceflight in the early 2030s, consisting of the Gateway and medium-sized landing missions to the lunar south pole. The analysis compares different operational concepts of the Gateway, i.e. campaign mode versus continuous mode and provides an overview on the expected setup of the involved control centers on Earth. It is assumed that the major goal of a landing near the lunar south pole is the search for water ice in permanently shadowed regions (PSR). As the PSRs are normally not reachable by astronauts due to the expected low temperature, the operational scenario of a rover searching for water ice in a PSR is laid out and analysed including the necessary human robotic interaction. This paper summarizes the results of the investigation on this notional scenario. It provides an outlook on the foreseen next steps towards an operations setup around and on the moon including the envisaged European tasks in a planned lunar exploration scenario.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/199997/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Investigations on Lunar Operations Concepts for Human Spaceflight
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Sabath, DieterUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Soellner, GerdUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Wendel, MareikeUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Mascher, ThomasUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kaschubek, DanielUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Killian, MatthiasUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Zöschinger, GermanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hartmann, CarstenUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3701-189X147782221
Uhlig, ThomasUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:9 March 2023
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:Moon, operations, human spaceflight, robotics, LUNA, excursion
Event Title:17th International Conference on Space Operations (SpaceOps 2023)
Event Location:Dubai, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:5 March 2023
Event End Date:10 March 2023
Organizer:Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:other
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R - no assignment
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - no assignment
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Mission Operations
Deposited By: Hartmann, Carsten
Deposited On:30 Nov 2023 11:05
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 21:00

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