Exploration Systems - Facilities

Landing and Mobility Test Facility (LAMA)



Technical Description

 MOVE-sea floor vehicle (MARUM Bremen) at mobility tes in LAMA
zum Bild MOVE-sea floor vehicle (MARUM Bremen) at mobility tes in LAMA
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 Lander Engineering Model after drop test. Inclined Plane as well as obstacles can be generated in LAMA
zum Bild Lander Engineering Model after drop test. Inclined Plane as well as obstacles can be generated in LAMA
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 The Philae-Lander of the comet mission Rosetta at a coupled landing test at LAMA
zum Bild The Philae-Lander of the comet mission Rosetta at a coupled landing test at 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.

 

Applications

  • 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

Measured variables

  • Forces
  • Torques
  • Position
  • Attitude
  • Velocities
  • Rotations
  • Accelerations
  • Video signal

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