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CIRA involved in ESA Daedalus project<img alt="" src="" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />"sfera-daedalus"-per/CIRA involved in ESA Daedalus projectCIRA involved in ESA Daedalus project<p></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Moon Underground Structures are of high scientific interest, offering access to pristine lunar material – perhaps even water ice deposits. Such caves might also become habitats for lunar settlers, offering natural shielding against radiation, micrometeorites and surface temperature extremes. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">For this purpose, <strong>DAEDALUS (Descent And Exploration in Deep Autonomy of Lava Underground Structures) </strong>sphere robot has been designed to explore and carry an immersive stereoscopic, panoramic lenses and laser radar (lidar) 3D mapping of deep pits on the surface of the Moon. Moreover, temperature sensors and dosimeter will complete the geological and mineralogical cave interiors. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">A sphere is ideally suited to protect sensors and scientific equipment in rough, uneven environments. The sphere will be lowered into the skylight and will explore the entrance shaft, associated caverns and conduits.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">For the successful completion of this mission a key point is the development of dust mitigation technologies. This topic has been investigated by <strong>CIRA-Space Exploration Technologies Laboratory</strong> with a special emphasis on active and passive dust mitigation technologies and devices, especially required during the cave exploration phase in which the shell will be exposed to a harsh environment due to the presence of micrometric abrasive dust particles and sharp rocks.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Designed by a team coordinated by Germany's Julius-Maximilians-Universität of Würzburg (JMU), the DAEDALUS robot is being <strong>evaluated by ESA's Concurrent Design Facility</strong>, in response to an ESA Open Space Innovation Platform call, as part of a larger study of lunar cave mission concepts. Partnering in this study is Germany's Jacobs University Bremen, CISAS and the Department of Geosciences of the University of Padova, INAF-Astronomical Observatory of Padova, the VIGEA-Virtual Geographic Agency of Reggio Emilia and CIRA Space Exploration Technologies Department.<br></p><p><br><br></p>2021-03-25T23:00:00Z

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