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Robotic Lunar Landers for Science and ExplorationNASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) and The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) have been conducting mission studies and performing risk reduction activities for NASA s robotic lunar lander flight projects. This paper describes some of the lunar lander concepts derived from these studies conducted by the MSFC/APL Robotic Lunar Lander Development Project team. In addition, the results to date of the lunar lander development risk reduction efforts including high pressure propulsion system testing, structure and mechanism development and testing, long cycle time battery testing and combined GN&C and avionics testing will be addressed. The most visible elements of the risk reduction program are two autonomous lander flight test vehicles: a compressed air system with limited flight durations and a second version using hydrogen peroxide propellant to achieve significantly longer flight times and the ability to more fully exercise flight sensors and algorithms.
Document ID
20100026031
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Chavers, D. G. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Cohen, B. A. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Bassler, J. A. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Hammond, M. S. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Harris, D. W. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Hill, L. A. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Eng, D. (Johns Hopkins Univ. Laurel, MD, United States)
Ballard, B. W. (Johns Hopkins Univ. Laurel, MD, United States)
Kubota, S. D. (Johns Hopkins Univ. Laurel, MD, United States)
Morse, B. J. (Johns Hopkins Univ. Laurel, MD, United States)
Mulac, B. D. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Holloway, T. A. (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL, United States)
Reed, C. L. B. (Johns Hopkins Univ. Laurel, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
June 12, 2010
Subject Category
Cybernetics, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
Report/Patent Number
M10-0698
M10-0385
Meeting Information
7th International Planetary Probe Workshop (IPPW-7)(Barcelona)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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