Author Topic: SLIM - new Japanese small lunar lander to fly in 2018?  (Read 4771 times)

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Hadn't heard of this project before, but there are multiple reports pointing to it winning one of the small satellite project slot and flying on the 4th Epsilon rocket in 2018.

Anyone got better materials on this?
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Re: SLIM - new Japanese small lunar lander to fly in 2018?
« Reply #2 on: 04/20/2015 02:45 PM »
Landing in one of the skylights of a lunar lava tube is certainly an audacious thing.  Presumably there would be less sky visible to the lander which brings up two questions. Will the probe receive enough light for solar panels? Also rock tends to be pretty effective in stopping radio waves. Communications, especially without a relay orbiter may be very challenging.

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Re: SLIM - new Japanese small lunar lander to fly in 2018?
« Reply #3 on: 04/20/2015 05:11 PM »
Agreed - are they putting an RTG on it? Or does this thing have a low expected lifespan and they've just given it enough batteries to last for a short duration/cover the intervals between sun exposure?
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Re: SLIM - new Japanese small lunar lander to fly in 2018?
« Reply #5 on: 04/24/2015 06:48 PM »
a Japanese presentation

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Re: SLIM - new Japanese small lunar lander to fly in 2018?
« Reply #6 on: 05/01/2015 09:24 PM »
Official presentation material. (Japanese)
http://www.mext.go.jp/b_menu/shingi/gijyutu/gijyutu2/071/shiryo/__icsFiles/afieldfile/2015/04/22/1356906_5.pdf

Interestingly, the Solar Power Sail Mission to Jupiter Trojan is selected one of other mission candidate. Good to hear move a step closer to.

Post Hayabusa-2 project
-Small class 1  is selected SLIM.

-Medium class 1 candidate are Solar Power Sail Mission to Jupiter Trojan and SOLAR-C or WISH or Lite Bird.
« Last Edit: 05/01/2015 11:58 PM by Fuji »

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Re: SLIM - new Japanese small lunar lander to fly in 2018?
« Reply #7 on: 10/02/2015 08:22 PM »
Another a bit more recent abstract

http://www.dlr.de/pf/Portaldata/6/Resources/lcpm/abstracts/Abstract_Sakai_S.pdf
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SLIM was proposed for the next ISAS/JAXA small scientific mission using Epsilon rocket, and was
just selected as a finalist in Jan., 2015.

How does that selection process work and what else is in the final round ?
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Re: SLIM - new Japanese small lunar lander to fly in 2018?
« Reply #8 on: 09/27/2016 03:25 PM »
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