Experimental Astronomy

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 587–644

Lunar Net—a proposal in response to an ESA M3 call in 2010 for a medium sized mission

  • Alan Smith
  • I. A. Crawford
  • Robert Anthony Gowen
  • R. Ambrosi
  • M. Anand
  • B. Banerdt
  • N. Bannister
  • N. Bowles
  • C. Braithwaite
  • P. Brown
  • J. Chela-Flores
  • T. Cholinser
  • P. Church
  • A. J. Coates
  • T. Colaprete
  • G. Collins
  • G. Collinson
  • T. Cook
  • R. Elphic
  • G. Fraser
  • Y. Gao
  • E. Gibson
  • T. Glotch
  • M. Grande
  • A. Griffiths
  • J. Grygorczuk
  • M. Gudipati
  • A. Hagermann
  • J. Heldmann
  • L. L. Hood
  • A. P. Jones
  • K. H. Joy
  • O. B. Khavroshkin
  • G. Klingelhoefer
  • M. Knapmeyer
  • G. Kramer
  • D. Lawrence
  • W. Marczewski
  • S. McKenna-Lawlor
  • K. Miljkovic
  • S. Narendranath
  • E. Palomba
  • A. Phipps
  • W. T. Pike
  • D. Pullan
  • J. Rask
  • D. T. Richard
  • K. Seweryn
  • S. Sheridan
  • M. Sims
  • M. Sweeting
  • T. Swindle
  • D. Talboys
  • L. Taylor
  • N. Teanby
  • V. Tong
  • S. Ulamec
  • R. Wawrzaszek
  • M. Wieczorek
  • L. Wilson
  • I Wright
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10686-011-9250-5

Cite this article as:
Smith, A., Crawford, I.A., Gowen, R.A. et al. Exp Astron (2012) 33: 587. doi:10.1007/s10686-011-9250-5

Abstract

Emplacement of four or more kinetic penetrators geographically distributed over the lunar surface can enable a broad range of scientific exploration objectives of high priority and provide significant synergy with planned orbital missions. Whilst past landed missions achieved a great deal, they have not included a far-side lander, or investigation of the lunar interior apart from a very small area on the near side. Though the LCROSS mission detected water from a permanently shadowed polar crater, there remains in-situ confirmation, knowledge of concentration levels, and detailed identification of potential organic chemistry of astrobiology interest. The planned investigations will also address issues relating to the origin and evolution of the Earth–Moon system and other Solar System planetary bodies. Manned missions would be enhanced with use of water as a potential in-situ resource; knowledge of potential risks from damaging surface Moonquakes, and exploitation of lunar regolith for radiation shielding. LunarNet is an evolution of the 2007 LunarEX proposal to ESA (European Space Agency) which draws on recent significant advances in mission definition and feasibility. In particular, the successful Pendine full-scale impact trials have proved impact survivability for many of the key technology items, and a penetrator system study has greatly improved the definition of descent systems, detailed penetrator designs, and required resources. LunarNet is hereby proposed as an exciting stand-alone mission, though is also well suited in whole or in-part to contribute to the jigsaw of upcoming lunar missions, including that of a significant element to the ILN (International Lunar Network).

Keywords

Moon Lunar Penetrators Space Technology MEMS 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Smith
    • 1
  • I. A. Crawford
    • 2
  • Robert Anthony Gowen
    • 1
  • R. Ambrosi
    • 8
  • M. Anand
    • 7
  • B. Banerdt
    • 35
  • N. Bannister
    • 8
  • N. Bowles
    • 13
  • C. Braithwaite
    • 9
  • P. Brown
    • 3
  • J. Chela-Flores
    • 18
  • T. Cholinser
    • 25
  • P. Church
    • 6
  • A. J. Coates
    • 1
  • T. Colaprete
    • 27
  • G. Collins
    • 1
    • 3
  • G. Collinson
    • 26
  • T. Cook
    • 14
  • R. Elphic
    • 32
  • G. Fraser
    • 8
  • Y. Gao
    • 5
  • E. Gibson
    • 34
  • T. Glotch
    • 29
  • M. Grande
    • 14
  • A. Griffiths
    • 1
  • J. Grygorczuk
    • 16
  • M. Gudipati
    • 35
  • A. Hagermann
    • 7
  • J. Heldmann
    • 32
  • L. L. Hood
    • 30
  • A. P. Jones
    • 4
  • K. H. Joy
    • 36
  • O. B. Khavroshkin
    • 23
  • G. Klingelhoefer
    • 19
  • M. Knapmeyer
    • 21
  • G. Kramer
    • 36
  • D. Lawrence
    • 28
  • W. Marczewski
    • 16
  • S. McKenna-Lawlor
    • 15
  • K. Miljkovic
    • 3
  • S. Narendranath
    • 24
  • E. Palomba
    • 17
  • A. Phipps
    • 10
  • W. T. Pike
    • 3
  • D. Pullan
    • 8
  • J. Rask
    • 27
  • D. T. Richard
    • 31
  • K. Seweryn
    • 16
  • S. Sheridan
    • 7
  • M. Sims
    • 8
  • M. Sweeting
    • 10
  • T. Swindle
    • 30
  • D. Talboys
    • 8
  • L. Taylor
    • 33
  • N. Teanby
    • 12
  • V. Tong
    • 2
  • S. Ulamec
    • 22
  • R. Wawrzaszek
    • 16
  • M. Wieczorek
    • 20
  • L. Wilson
    • 11
  • I Wright
    • 7
  1. 1.Mullard Space Science LaboratoryUniversity College LondonSurreyUK
  2. 2.Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonUK
  3. 3.Imperial College LondonLondonUK
  4. 4.Department of Earth SciencesUniversity College LondonLondonUK
  5. 5.Surrey Space CentreUniversity of SurreyGuildfordUK
  6. 6.QinetiQ Ltd.SevenoaksUK
  7. 7.CEPSAROpen UniversityMilton KeynesUK
  8. 8.University of LeicesterLeicesterUK
  9. 9.Cavendish LaboratoryCambridgeUK
  10. 10.SSTL, Tycho HouseGuildfordUK
  11. 11.Lancaster UniversityLancasterUK
  12. 12.School of Earth SciencesUniversity of BristolBristolUK
  13. 13.Oxford UniversityOxfordUK
  14. 14.Institute of Mathematical and Physical SciencesUniversity of Wales AberystwythAberystwythUK
  15. 15.Space Technology IrelandNational University of IrelandMaynoothIreland
  16. 16.Space Research CentrePolish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland
  17. 17.IFSI-INAFRomeItaly
  18. 18.The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical PhysicsTriesteItaly
  19. 19.Institute for Inorganic and Analytic ChemistryJohannes Gutenberg-UniversityMainzGermany
  20. 20.Institut de Physique du Globe de ParisUniv Paris DiderotParisFrance
  21. 21.DLRInstitute of Planetary ResearchBerlinGermany
  22. 22.DLR-MUSCCologneGermany
  23. 23.Institute of Physics of the EarthRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  24. 24.ISROBangaloreIndia
  25. 25.Hong KongChina
  26. 26.NASA Goddard Spaceflight CenterGreenbeltUSA
  27. 27.NASA AmesMoffett FieldUSA
  28. 28.Johns Hopkins APLLaurelUSA
  29. 29.Stony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  30. 30.Lunar and Planetary LaboratoryUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  31. 31.San Jose State University/NASA Ames Research Center MS 245–3Moffett FieldUSA
  32. 32.NASA Ames Research CenterMoffett FieldUSA
  33. 33.University of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  34. 34.NASA Johnson Space CenterHoustonUSA
  35. 35.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryPasadenaUSA
  36. 36.Center for Lunar Science and ExplorationLunar and Planetary InstituteHoustonUSA

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