Within the Institute of Space Systems, the department of Exploration Systems is dealing with technologies and mission concepts being connected to Exploration Missions. This includes: landing systems, robotic infrastructures, asteroid landers, sub-surface sampling and in-situ measurement systems. The department is covering the whole scope of exploration starting with the landing (on asteroids as well as on planetary bodies) up to infrastructures and instruments on the ground of such bodies. Key competences are starting with fundamental research (lunar robotic infrastructures, landing technologies) over verification in the lab till whole flight projects/missions (MASCOT/InSight). For technological verification of landing systems, a special lab is operated (Landing test facility LAMA), where several test modi can be carried out (Lander drop tests, guided landing tests, single wheel tests, single leg tests). Further competences are being built up in running missions on system level (MASCOT Lander on Hayabusa-2 with JAXA) well as on instrument level (HP3 on InSight with NASA).
Current activities of the department are: