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DAEDALUS - Descent And Exploration in Deep Autonomy of Lava Underground Structures

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14 May 2020

Duration: 6 months

Objective

The DAEDALUS mission concept aims at exploring and characterising the entrance and initial part of Lunar lava tubes within a compact, tightly integrated spherical robotic device, with a complementary payload set and autonomous capabilities. The mission concept addresses specifically the identification and characterisation of potential resources for future ESA exploration, the local environment of the subsurface and its geologic and compositional structure. A sphere is ideally suited to protect sensors and scientific equipment in rough, uneven environments. It will house laser scanners, cameras and ancillary payload. The sphere will be lowered into the skylight and will explore the entrance shaft, associated caverns and conduits. Lidar (light detection and ranging) systems produce 3D models with high spatial accuracy independent of lighting conditions and visible features. Hence this will be the primary exploration toolset within the sphere. The additional payload that can be accommodated in the robotic sphere are camera systems with panoramic lenses and scanners such as multi-wavelength or single-photon scanners. A moving mass will trigger trigger movements. The tether for lowering the sphere will be used for data communication and powering the equipment during the descending phase. Furthermore, the connector tether-sphere will host a WIFI access point, such that data of the conduit can be transferred to the surface relay station. During the exploration phase, the robot will be disconnected from the cable, and will use wireless communication. Emergency autonomy software will ensure that in case of loss of communication, the robot will continue the nominal mission.

Contract number
4000130925
OSIP Idea Id
I-2019-02078
Related OSIP Campaign
Lunar Caves
Subcontractors
UNIV PADOVA CONSTRUCTOR UNIVERSITY BREMEN GGMBH Vigea - Virtual Geographic Agency IST NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA
Main application area
Exploration
Budget
100000€
DEADALUS