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Micro-Mars: A low-cost mission to planet Mars with scientific orbiter and lander applications

Kerstein, Lutz and Bischof, Bernd and Renken, Hartmut and Hoffmann, Harald and Apel, Uwe (2006) Micro-Mars: A low-cost mission to planet Mars with scientific orbiter and lander applications. Acta Astronautica, 59 (8-11), pp. 608-616. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2005.07.013.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2005.07.013


The proposed Micro-Mars mission can contribute substantially to the international Mars exploration programme within the framework of a future low-cost mission. The concept consists of an orbiter integrating a total scientific payload of 30 kg including a light-weight lander of 15 kg. The spacecraft will be launched as piggyback payload by an Ariane 5 ASAP with a total launch mass of 360 kg. It will use a bipropellant propulsion system with 210 kg of fuel and four thrusters of 22 N, and four of 10 N for orbit and attitude control. Further attitude actuation shall be performed by three reaction wheels and a gyropackage, a star sensor and a sun sensor for attitude sensing. Communication will be performed in S- and X-Band to Earth and in UHF between orbiter and lander. From a highly elliptical orbit with a periapsis below 200 km, four instruments will perform high-resolution remote sensing observations and the payload consists of a camera system, a magnetometer, a dosimeter, and an ultrastable oscillator for radio science. The light-weight micro lander is a challenging technological experiment by itself. It is equipped with a suite of scientific instruments which will supplement the orbiter measurements and concentrate on the environment (temperature cycle, atmosphere, magnetosphere, and radiation).

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/44933/
Document Type:Article
Title:Micro-Mars: A low-cost mission to planet Mars with scientific orbiter and lander applications
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Kerstein, LutzEADS Astrium Space TransportationUNSPECIFIED
Bischof, BerndEADS Astrium Space TransportationUNSPECIFIED
Renken, HartmutEADS Astrium Space TransportationUNSPECIFIED
Apel, UweHochschule BremenUNSPECIFIED
Date:October 2006
Journal or Publication Title:Acta Astronautica
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1016/j.actaastro.2005.07.013
Page Range:pp. 608-616
Keywords:Mars, Mars exploration, small satellite, orbiter, lander
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Vergleichende Planetologie (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geology
Deposited By: Hoffmann, Harald
Deposited On:10 Oct 2006
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 13:08

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