A rover for the JAXA MMX mission to phobos

Stephan Ulamec, Patrick Michel, Matthias Grott, Ute Böttger, Heinz Wilhelm Hübers, Naomi Murdoch, Pierre Vernazza, Özgür Karatekin, Jörg Knollenberg, Konrad Willner, Markus Grebenstein, Stephane Mary, Pascale Chazalnoël, Jens Biele, Christian Krause, Tra Mi Ho, Caroline Lange, Jan Thimo Grundmann, Kaname Sasaki, Michael MaibaumOliver Küchemann, Josef Reill, Maxime Chalon, Stefan Barthelmes, Roy Lichtenheldt, Rainer Krenn, Michal Smisek, Jean Bertrand, Aurélie Moussi, Cedric Delmas, Simon Tardivel, Denis Arrat, Frans IJpelaan, Laurence Mélac, Laurence Lorda, Emile Remetean, Michael Lange, Olaf Mierheim, Siebo Reershemius, Tomohiro Usui, Moe Matsuoka, Tomoki Nakamura, Koji Wada, Hirdy Miyamoto, Kiyoshi Kuramoto, Julia LeMaitre, Guillaume Mas, Michel Delpech, Loisel Celine, Arthur Rafflegeau, Honorine Boirard, Roseline Schmisser, Cédric Virmontois, Celine Cenac-Morthe, Dominique Besson, Fernando Rull

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The Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) is a mission by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, to the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos. It will primarily investigate the origin of this moon by bringing samples back from Phobos to Earth and deliver a small (about 25 kg) Rover to the surface. The Rover is a contribution by the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Its currently considered scientific payload consists of a thermal mapper (miniRAD), a Raman spectrometer (RAX) a stereo pair of cameras looking forward (NavCAM) and two cameras looking at the interface wheel-surface (WheelCAM) and consequent Phobos' regolith mechanical properties. The cameras will serve for both, technological and scientific needs. The MMX rover will be delivered from an altitude of <100 m and start uprighting and deploying wheels and a solar generator after having come to rest on the surface. It is planned to operate for three months on Phobos and provide unprecedented science while moving for a few meters to hundreds of meters. MMX will be launched in September 2024 and inserted into Mars orbit in 2025, the Rover delivery and operations are planned for 2026-2027.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberIAC-19_A3_4B_8_x50168
JournalProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event70th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2019 - Washington, United States
Duration: 2019 Oct 212019 Oct 25

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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