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MASCOT - Asteroid Lander with Innvoative Mobility Mechanism

Reill, Josef and Sedlmayr, Hans-Jürgen and Neugebauer, Philipp and Maier, Maximilian and Krämer, Erich and Lichtenheldt, Roy (2015) MASCOT - Asteroid Lander with Innvoative Mobility Mechanism. ASTRA - 13th ESA Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies for Robotics and Automation, 11.-13. Mai 2015, Noordwijk, Niederlande.

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Abstract

The Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) is already on its way to the C-type asteroid 1999 JU3. On 3rd December 2014 at 05:22 CEST, a JAXA H IIA launch vehicle lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center and the Hayabusa-II spacecraft together with its MASCOT lander began their journey through space. After a cruise of almost four years, Hayabusa-II with MASCOT will reach their target, where MASCOT will descend to the surface of the asteroid. An innovative hopping mechanism, developed at DLR’s Robotics and Mechatronics Center (RMC), allows the lander to upright to nominal position and to relocate on asteroid surface by hopping. A big advantage of this movement principle is the independence of the surrounding environments like rocks or craters due to the fact that all moveable parts are inside the lander. The mobility concept was developed based on Multi-Body-System simulation and verified by a zero-g flight test campaign. This paper gives an overview of the mission, the challenges, the development process and the actual status of mobility subsystem. The first checkout after launch was conducted and detailed analysis shows nominal operation.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/96381/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:MASCOT - Asteroid Lander with Innvoative Mobility Mechanism
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Reill, JosefJosef.Reill (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Sedlmayr, Hans-JürgenHans-Juergen.Sedlmayr (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Neugebauer, Philippphilipp.neugebauer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Maier, Maximilianmaximilian.maier (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Krämer, ErichErich.Kraemer (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Lichtenheldt, RoyRoy.Lichtenheldt (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:May 2015
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:robotic actuator, drive unit design, mobility
Event Title:ASTRA - 13th ESA Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies for Robotics and Automation
Event Location:Noordwijk, Niederlande
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:11.-13. Mai 2015
Organizer:ESA / ESTEC
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Science and Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Project MASCOT (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics (since 2013)
Deposited By: Reill, Dr. Josef
Deposited On:17 Jun 2015 11:14
Last Modified:17 Jun 2015 11:14

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