Projects

Spring 2011

AETHER

AETHER

AETHER is a submission in the Radio Astronomy on the Moon (RAM) challenge in Fall 2010 / Spring 2011. AETHER consists of a pair of landers and a pair of orbiters designed to act as a radio telescope capable of intercepting weak signals without interference from Earth.

  • Project Manager: Joel Grissom
  • Principal Investigator: Heather Meyer

Fact Sheet and Final Report

CRETE

CRETE

CRETE is a part of the Europa Extraterrestrial Life Survey competition, in which teams designed missions to place landers on the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. Science products from this mission included core sample analyses of Europan ice and panoramic photographs of the surface features.

  • Project Manager: Dwiti Patel
  • Principal Investigator: Cameron Self

Fact Sheet and Final Report

EUREKA

EUREKA

EUREKA is a mission designed to land a science platform near the Europan pole. Science will be generated by an orbiter carrying a variety of ice penetrating radar and spectroscopy devices, supplemented by data returned from a small lander developed by ESTACA in Paris, France.

  • Project Manager: Seth Web
  • Principal Investigator: Nathan Towles

Fact Sheet and Final Report

LIBRA

LIBRA

LIBRA is an innovative mission design for the Radio Astronomy on the Moon (RAM) competition in Spring 2011. The LIBRA mission calls for two matched launches containing identical lander and orbiter elements; lander elements extend four 25m booms containing dipole antennas to maximize science returns.

  • Project Manager: Thomas Bender
  • Principal Investigator: Alex Greene

Fact Sheet and Final Report

Lunar Innovations

LunarInnovations

Lunar Innovations participated in the Radio Astronomy on the Moon (RAM) contest in Spring 2011. The mission lands two rovers in the Daedalus crater, each of which is responsible for laying out half of an array of self-contained dipole antenna assemblies.

  • Project Manager: Alex Antonison
  • Principal Investigator: Philip Meyer

Fact Sheet and Final Report

SARS

SARS

The Space Analysis and Reconnaissance System was developed in response to the Europan Extraterrestrial Life Survey competition in 2011. The objectives of the mission are to map the surface of Europa and investigate geologic activity using a suite of 13 instruments.

  • Project Manager: Phil Jackson
  • Principal Investigator: Jordan Adams

Fact Sheet and Final Report


Spring 2010

AERO

AERO

AERO presents the Philoctetes/Okyrhoe Integrated Asteroid Surveyor, an innovative solar-powered mission to the Trojan and Centaur asteroid belts in the outer solar system. Using advanced cameras and spectroscopy, POIAS will take advantage of short observation windows to shed light on the origins of the solar system.

  • Project Manager: Caleb Gooch
  • Principal Investigator: David Weiss

Fact Sheet and Final Report