Exploration Systems - Facilities
Landing and Mobility Test Facility (LAMA)
The Landing & Mobility Test Facility (LAMA) enables unique worldwide investigations of the landing dynamics of planetary landers. By the use of offloading the weight of the specimen a reduced gravity (Moon, Mars, Asteroids) can be simulated and so a three-dimensional vehicle-ground interaction (stability, rover-traction) can be tested.
The LAMA facility comprises of five major elements, which are a standard type 6-axis industrial robot system used typically for factory automation purpose, a suspension device to mount rover or lander, a controller to set up, control and maintain the experiment conditions and a 10 m x 4 m soil bin containing the planetary soil simulant.
- Investigations of landing system-surface-interaction of scaled and unscaled Lander up to 500 kg
- Footpad-soil-interaction for single landing legs
- Vehicle-soil-interaction for rover
- Wheel-soil-interaction for single wheels
- Video signal