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Offline yg1968

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ESA Robotic Lunar Lander
« on: 09/21/2010 02:41 pm »
Astrium investigates automatic landing at the Moon’s south pole:
http://www.astrium.eads.net/en/press_centre/astrium-investigates-automatic-landing-at-the-moon-s-south-pole.html

See this quote in particular:
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It is a great pleasure to see progress being made in Europe in the field of space exploration relying on key technologies developed for human spaceflight.”, affirmed Mrs. Di Pippo, ESA Director for Human Spaceflight.

“As we prepare ourselves to join the US, Russia and Japan in the decision to utilize the International Space Station (ISS) for ten more years and beyond, we are preparing the next steps and we are working to position Europe at the level of its competences and capabilities within the global exploration undertaking. With a strong and successful presence in LEO, the Moon is the next natural goal on our common path to further destinations. Europe is actively and successfully present in these global projects, like ISS and exploration, which contribute to affirm our role as a modern, dynamic and innovation-driven continent.”, she added.

See the (very cool) animation, here:
http://www.astrium.eads.net/en/media-library/animation-lunar-lander.html

See also this article:
http://www.spacenews.com/civil/astrium-lunar-lander.html

See also this thread:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=21029.0
« Last Edit: 11/10/2010 09:20 pm by yg1968 »

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Re: ESA Robotic Lunar Lander
« Reply #1 on: 06/01/2011 09:16 am »
Looking at the volatile side of the Moon

http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEM6ELNSNNG_index_0.html
« Last Edit: 06/01/2011 09:28 am by bolun »

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Re: ESA Robotic Lunar Lander
« Reply #2 on: 11/03/2011 10:01 pm »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-15574653

Budget will be 600 to 700 million Euros. Landed mass on the order of 700-800kg with a 40-60kg science payload.10kg of 'mobile' and some static experiments would be placed on the surface.  Final decision will come at the end of 2012 or in the beginning of 2013.
« Last Edit: 11/03/2011 10:04 pm by tul »

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Re: ESA Robotic Lunar Lander
« Reply #3 on: 03/05/2012 03:21 pm »
Lunar lander firing up for touchdown
 
5 March 2012

Europe’s ambition of touching down at the Moon’s south pole by 2018 has been boosted by recent test firings of the craft’s thrusters. The robot lander will prove new techniques for sending humans to the Moon and assess lunar hazards.
 
With no atmosphere on the Moon, Lunar Lander cannot rely on parachutes to slow its descent. Instead, the craft will need to fire its engines in a rather unconventional way.

One of these thrusters was recently put through its paces at Astrium’s specialised facility in Lampoldshausen, Germany.

The test chamber was configured to reproduce the vacuum and temperatures that Lunar Lander will face on its way down to the Moon’s surface. 

A complete descent and touchdown was simulated, with the thruster firing in a series of short bursts, reaching a white-hot 1100ºC.

http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMSEF7YBZG_index_0.html

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Re: ESA Robotic Lunar Lander
« Reply #4 on: 03/05/2012 11:27 pm »
Wonder if they got some good ideas and maybe freshly graduated talent out of this : http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEM4GKRTKMF_index_0.html
http://www.esa.int/esaCP/SEMBXQ4KXMF_index_0.html
« Last Edit: 03/05/2012 11:30 pm by savuporo »
Orion - the first and only manned not-too-deep-space craft

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Re: ESA Robotic Lunar Lander
« Reply #5 on: 07/19/2012 07:27 pm »
Lunar Lander mission

 

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Re: ESA Robotic Lunar Lander
« Reply #6 on: 08/16/2012 08:08 am »
Scientific Preparations for Lunar Exploration with the European Lunar Lander  By J.D. Carpenter, R. Fisackerly, D. De Rosa, and B. Houdou
At: http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/1207/1207.4965.pdf

"The Moon is an important target location for future exploration by both human and robotic missions. This paper describes the European Lunar Lander mission under development by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the role it can play in enabling scientific research that can support this future exploration."
"The Moon is the most accessible destination for realizing commercial, exploration and scientific objectives beyond low Earth orbit." - LEAG

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Re: ESA Robotic Lunar Lander
« Reply #7 on: 11/18/2012 11:56 am »
according to the German press, the Lunar Lander concept is dead, after other ESA member states refused to fund it
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/weltall/lunar-lander-europas-mondmission-faellt-aus-a-867718.html
« Last Edit: 11/18/2012 11:59 am by plutogno »

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Re: ESA Robotic Lunar Lander
« Reply #8 on: 11/18/2012 05:14 pm »
according to the German press, the Lunar Lander concept is dead, after other ESA member states refused to fund it
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/weltall/lunar-lander-europas-mondmission-faellt-aus-a-867718.html
Dang, that's the second ESA project, proposed by Germany, in a few years that get's killed because the other member states refuse to fund it. The first was ARV.

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Re: ESA Robotic Lunar Lander
« Reply #9 on: 11/18/2012 11:49 pm »
Very sad if true. I had to rely on google translate so I couldnt really evaluate the site. I havent seen another mention of it yet on google. This article was about 3 days ago?

The saying "If you can land a man on the moon then you can do ___" should have an important addendum:
"If you can't land a probe on the Moon then you can do %$#&."  >:(

Probably just my own frustration talking.. Can anyone confirm/deny this yet?



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Re: ESA Robotic Lunar Lander
« Reply #10 on: 11/19/2012 12:05 am »
according to the German press, the Lunar Lander concept is dead, after other ESA member states refused to fund it
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/weltall/lunar-lander-europas-mondmission-faellt-aus-a-867718.html
Dang, that's the second ESA project, proposed by Germany, in a few years that get's killed because the other member states refuse to fund it. The first was ARV.

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Re: ESA Robotic Lunar Lander
« Reply #11 on: 11/19/2012 09:25 am »
according to the German press, the Lunar Lander concept is dead, after other ESA member states refused to fund it
http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/weltall/lunar-lander-europas-mondmission-faellt-aus-a-867718.html
Dang, that's the second ESA project, proposed by Germany, in a few years that get's killed because the other member states refuse to fund it. The first was ARV.

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Good work Simpl Simon.

However, I accurized your translation in a few places and filled in a few skipped words. See attachment.

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Re: ESA Robotic Lunar Lander
« Reply #12 on: 06/21/2013 08:09 pm »
http://www.esa.int/About_Us/ESA_Publications/ESA_Bulletin_154_May_2013

From ESA Bulletin 154 (Page 82)

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Lunar exploration activities

Lunar Lander Phase-B1

Preliminary SRR actions are being completed by the industrial consortium. The last Mission and System Study tasks are progressing (for example, Monte Carlo campaigns using the Eagle-based Guidance, Navigation & Control simulator). These will ensure a consolidated technical close-out of activities (April 2013), and a good basis for moving forward with work on key technologies. The Lidar breadboarding was completed in February: a design concept is available and was tested at component level.

Lunar Exploration New Strategy

The Moon remains one of ESA’s three exploration destinations. Following the negative outcome for the Lunar Lander proposal at 2012 Ministerial Council, a new approach is being developed in cooperation with Russia on a sequence of missions: Luna-Resurs lander (critical European contributions to be adapted to the Russian platform, such as drill and landing technologies) and Lunar Polar Sample Return (a full-scale cooperation at missionelement level). Exchanges have started with Roscosmos, based on discussions held in 2012. To prepare for the 2014 Ministerial Council, development activities for Luna-Resurs under ESA’s General Support Technology Programme funding are being proposed.

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Re: ESA Robotic Lunar Lander
« Reply #13 on: 06/21/2013 08:13 pm »
HOMER gains momentum

7 june 2013

HOMER (HOver ManoEuvRe), an Astrium R&D project, is a multi-functional demonstrator which can be used for both landing and hovering applications, HOMER is one of Astrium’s flagship projects introduced to drive innovative technologies and new project ideas forward.

http://www.astrium.eads.net/en/articles/astrium-s-homer-demonstrator.html

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