Landing technology team
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Engineers checking the Lander
Lander in Drop test mode on inclined plane
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Darstellung einer potentiellen lunaren Infrastruktur, d.h. ein Zusammenwirken mehrerer wissenschaftlicher Geräte auf dem Mond.
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Numerische Simulation des Philae-Landers mit Hilfe der Mehrkörpersoftware Simpack.
Grafische Darstellung der LAMA-Testanlage.
Reale Tests des Philae-Landers in der LAMA-Anlage.
The department of Landing and Exploration Technology is responsible for the research and development of landing and return technologies, as well as instrument panels used for exploring planets. This includes qualifying corresponding subsystems and supporting the operational phase.
The department's responsibilities, therefore, involve the design of mechatronic components, mechanisms and energy-absorbing elements, the experimental and numerical methods used for landing and descent dynamics, as well as the analytical methods used for landing safety and reliability.
The Landing and Mobility Test Facility (LAMA), the associated test rigs and the exploration laboratory are used for these tasks.
Examples of the work carried out by the department are the contributions to the landing of the comet lander Philae, the development of the asteroid lander MASCOT, and the construction of the HP3 instrument for the US InSight mission to Mars.