ANALOGUE MISSION RESEARCH TOPICS
- Remote operations
- New instruments testing
- Human factors
- Human performance
- Robot-human interactions
- Increase readiness level of systems engineering
- Increase maturity of R&D technologies
- Hands on experience
EMMIHS-III (Feb 2020)
EuroMoonMars IMA HI-Seas is ESA’s EuroMoonMars and ILEWG campaigns to the International Moonbase Alliance analogue facility Hi-Seas in Hawaii. The overall focus of the EMMIHS campaign is on geological, physical, organizational, and psychological aspects of the HI-SEAS base and its direct surroundings. Individual mission goals are set to enable the studies that will allow us to explore and utilize the Moon and Mars in a safe, efficient, and inspiring way.
Lunar Zebro was one of the rovers tested in EMMIHS-III campaign. The main objective for the team was to test the leg design’s robutness over rough terrain and remote operations between Delft Ground Station and EMMIHS-III base in Hawaii.
Mission Outcome: Successful
DECOS (May 2020)
Decos is a Dutch company, which has its headquarters located in Noordwijk. Their building looks like a meteorite that dropped on the Lunar surface; it symbolizes their dreams. They create efficient and economical solutions for their partners and for themselves. Their terrain has a grainy surface, obstacles from all sizes and craters. This is a perfect location to test the locomotion of the Zebro and to obtain visual data that will enable us to further develop the navigation software.
The rover could walk well on different kinds of grains (1 mm – 50 mm) and it could even go downwards on the steep crater walls. Going out of the crater was more difficult, it would remove the rocks under the legs and slip on the spot. Eventually, we managed to get the rover out of the crater by operating the rover manually.
Mission Outcome: Partially successful
Lava tubes, Iceland
Swiss Space Center/ESA