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LUVMI: an innovative payload for the sampling of volatiles at the Lunar poles

Urbina, Diego A., Gancet, Jeremi, Kullack, Karsten, Ceglia, Enrico, Madakashira, Hemanth K., Salini, Joseph, Govindaraj, Shashank, Surdo, Leonardo, Aked, Richard, Sheridan, Simon , Pitcher, Craig, Barber, Simeon, Biswas, Janos, Reiss, Philipp, Rushton, Joseph, Murray, Neil, Evangora, Anthony, Richter, Lutz, Dobrea, Diana and Reganaz, Mattia LUVMI: an innovative payload for the sampling of volatiles at the Lunar poles In: 68th International Astronautical Congress 2017, 2017-09-25-2019-09-29, Adelaide, Australia.

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Abstract

The International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG) identifies one of the first exploration steps as in situ investigations of 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 important 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 communitys 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 robotic payload following the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG) recommendations. The LUnar Volatiles Mobile Instrumentation (LUVMI) provides a smart, low mass, innovative, modular mobile payload comprising surface and subsurface sensing with an in-situ sampling technology capable of depth-resolved extraction of volatiles, combined with a volatiles analyser (mass spectrometer) capable of identifying the chemical composition of the most important volatiles. This will allow LUVMI to: traverse the lunar surface prospecting for volatiles; sample subsurface up to a depth of 10 cm (with a goal of 20 cm); extract water and other loosely bound volatiles; identify the chemical species extracted; access and sample permanently shadowed regions (PSR). These payload characteristics of LUVMI will permit to maximize sample transfer efficiency and minimize sample handling as well its attendant mass requirements and risk of sample alterations. 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. The LUVMI sampling instrument will be tested in a highly representative environment including thermal, vacuum and regolith simulant and the integrated payload demonstrated in a representative environment.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Urbina, Diego A.
Gancet, Jeremi
Kullack, Karsten
Ceglia, Enrico
Madakashira, Hemanth K.
Salini, Joseph
Govindaraj, Shashank
Surdo, Leonardo
Aked, Richard
Sheridan, Simon
Pitcher, Craigcraig.pitcher@surrey.ac.uk
Barber, Simeon
Biswas, Janos
Reiss, Philipp
Rushton, Joseph
Murray, Neil
Evangora, Anthony
Richter, Lutz
Dobrea, Diana
Reganaz, Mattia
Funders : European Commission Horizon 2020 programme
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2017 The Authors
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Depositing User : Diane Maxfield
Date Deposited : 06 Sep 2019 10:56
Last Modified : 06 Sep 2019 11:00
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/852563

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