Experimental evaluation of thermal simulation model for lunar exploration rover

Takuto Oikawa, John Walker, Kazuya Yoshida

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Abstract

In outer space, the environment is defined by complete vacuum and radiation in high energy sources such as magnetic radiation, space particles, and cosmic rays. For these extreme environments, the lunar exploration rover, Moonraker, is currently under development, where the core design requires to meet these conditions. In this paper, the thermal architecture of Moonraker is described. Space ready and off-the-shelf but carefully selected hardware is implemented onto the rover, and thermal vacuum testing was conducted to verify the functionality of the rover. Based on the result, the thermal simulation matched close to the experiment; therefore, the model is used as a source of guideline to predict temperature profile at the lunar surface. As a next phase of research, thermal architecture is revised based on the result. The revised architecture is the basis for a real mission to the lunar surface.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 IEEE/SICE International Symposium on System Integration, SII 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages882-887
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467372428
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Feb 10
Event8th Annual IEEE/SICE International Symposium on System Integration, SII 2015 - Nagoya, Japan
Duration: 2015 Dec 112015 Dec 13

Publication series

Name2015 IEEE/SICE International Symposium on System Integration, SII 2015

Other

Other8th Annual IEEE/SICE International Symposium on System Integration, SII 2015
CountryJapan
CityNagoya
Period15/12/1115/12/13

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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