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HGF-Alliance ROBEX


Aim of the Helmholtz Alliance “Robotic Exploration of Extreme Environments” ROBEX is to explore synergies between two up to now unrelated research fields that deal with similarly extreme environments: the deep sea and the Moon. We will create an overarching Alliance for identification and development of joint technologies and expect that the combination of these two complementing technological and scientific expertise will lead to substantial advancements in both research fields.

Main tasks are:

  • Development of specific instrumentation for exploration of extreme, inaccessible environments on Earth (deep sea) and on the Moon with a focus on mobile instrumentation (central docking stations, intelligent instrument control, advancements in power supply and communication systems, development of sensors and robotics).
  • Creation of a modular robotic infrastructure environment, both in hardware (set up of advanced demonstrators for lunar/deep sea application, networking of system components, mobility, manipulability, autonomy etc.) and in software (modular approach in order to cope with re-configurability needs).
  • Field tests for available and newly developed instrumentation in the deep sea and on land (lunar analogies) to test feasibility and operability in the respective environments. The field tests will be applied towards specific research fields in the deep sea (e.g. gas hydrates, hydrothermal vents, slope stability) and lunar science fields (thermo-chemical evolution of Moon, lunar rock types, size of crust and core size of Moon, analysis of volatiles and ice on the lunar surface and at the lunar South Pole).

Lunar Impact Flashes

Mare Serenitatis und Mare Imbrium von dem TMB Refraktor gesehen

Since the first recordings of lunar impact flashes of the Leonid meteoroid shower in the year 1999, the search for further meteorite impacts on the night side of the Moon became more and more important. By evaluating this data, we get a better idea of the meteoroid population in the Earth-Moon system, which is relevant for safety assessment for space missions as well as for life on Earth. more to: Lunar Impact Flashes

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Prof. Jürgen Oberst
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