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Lunar Volatiles Mobile Instrument

Objective

The ISECG identifies one of the first exploration steps as in situ investigations of the moon or asteroids. Europe is developing payload concepts for drilling and sample analysis, a contribution to a 250kg rover as well as for sample return. To achieve these missions, ESA depends on international partnerships.
Such missions will be seldom, expensive and the drill/sample site selected will be based on observations from orbit not calibrated with ground truth data.
Many of the international science community’s objectives can be met at lower cost, or the chances of mission success improved and the quality of the science increased by making use of an innovative, low mass, mobile payload following the LEAG recommendations.
This smart payload when used alone will accurately determine lunar volatile distribution over a wide area, including PSR’s, as well as providing ground truth data to calibrate orbital observations. If two, or more, smart payloads are deployed, a greater area will be covered. If the smart payload is used as a scout for ESA’s planned 250kg drilling rover or sample return mission, sampling locations of higher value will be identified.
The main innovation is to develop an in situ sampling technology capable of depth-resolved extraction of volatiles, and then to package within this tool, the analyser itself, so as to maximise transfer efficiency and minimise sample handling and its attendant mass requirements and risk of sample alteration. By building on national, EC and ESA funded research and developments, this project will develop to TRL6 instruments that together form a smart modular mobile payload that could be flight ready in 2020.
This instrument will be tested in a highly representative environment including thermal, vacuum and regolith simulant and the integrated payload demonstrated in a representative environment.
A roadmap, complemented by an innovative PPP funding approach, for the implementation of the LUVMI flight model will also be developed.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/astronomy/planetary science/asteroids

Call for proposal

H2020-COMPET-2016
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

SPACE APPLICATIONS SERVICES NV
Address
Leuvensesteenweg 325
1932 Zaventem
Belgium
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 452 625

Participants (4)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 257 956
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 449 141
Address
Walton Hall
MK7 6AA Milton Keynes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Dynamic Imaging Analytics Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 110 350
Address
Bletchley Park Science And Innovation Centre
MK3 6EB Milton Keynes
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OHB SYSTEM AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 233 496
Address
Universitaetsallee 27-29
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)