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Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER)VIPER is a lunar volatiles detection and measurement mission that will be launched as a payload on the CLPS (Commercial Lunar Payload Services) provided Astrobotic's Griffin lander to the lunar south polar region. VIPER includes a suite of rover-mounted instruments that will conduct science and map volatiles (especially hydrogen-bearing volatiles). The VIPER rover is also designed to excavate volatiles such as hydrogen, oxygen, and water from the Moon. After landing the VIPER rover will travel to investigate a range of Ice Stability Regions (ISRs) across scales from 100s of meters to kilometers and conduct surface and subsurface assessment of lunar water and other volatiles. The VIPER science mission team will use the instrument data to characterize the nature of the volatiles in the area and to extrapolate these data to create global lunar water resource maps. The expected lunar surface mission duration is up to four lunar days, with active surface operations during the periods when both Sun exposure and direct to Earth (DTE) communication conditions overlap. When comm and Sun are not both available, VIPER will go into ‘Safe Haven operations’ and maintain survival temperatures until Sun and comm return. The rover is controlled in near-real time and science decisions are made both tactically (short-term) and strategically (longer-term) to achieve the mission science success criteria and objectives.
Document ID
Document Type
Other - Accompaniment to ROSES Proposal Call ROSES-21 Amendment 14: New Opportunity in C.27 VIPER Mission Co-Investigator Program
Anthony Colaprete (Ames Research Center Mountain View, California, United States)
Date Acquired
May 3, 2021
Publication Date
April 30, 2021
Subject Category
Ground Support Systems and Facilities (Space)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: 964105.
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Technical Review
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