Since couple of years, Space Research Centre of Polish Academy of Sciences (CBK PAN) is increasingly involved in current projects in European Space Agency. Involvement results in successful innovative designs, some of which are finally located in the space, fulfilling the missions in the deep space. CBK recent projects include structural analyses verifying design. The paper presents some aspects of mechanical analyses (excluding here the thermal loads) of the equipment for Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) – the ESA mission with the launch date set to 2022. Presented article shows the scope of work which is required by ESA in the space mission when it comes to electronic boxes structural analyses.
Space penetrator is a device used to get beneath the surface of the celestial body in order to carry out scientific investigation. It is often forced to operate in regolith of unknown properties and this makes the ability to adapt to unforeseen conditions of the space environment its highly demanded feature. This paper describes the design concept of planetary penetrator control electronics system that allows precise control of hammering mechanism impact energy and thus is able to adjust to variety of operation modes. It is developed in CBK under the grant of The National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR) (Contract no. PBS3/A6/23/2015) “Planetary penetrator for geological investigations on a space mission”.
Extraterrestrial geological exploration is the endeavor that most often requires breaking through the top layer of the regolith in order to transport sensors beneath its surface. One of the tools that enable this are planetary penetrators. The Laboratory of Mechatronics and Space Robotics has been developing this type of devices for many years. This paper present the concept of a new design of the electromagnetic driver for the MOLE type penetrator. It is developed in CBK under the grant of The National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR) (Contract no. PBS3/A6/23/2015) “Planetary penetrator for geological investigations on a space mission”.