Lunar volatiles mobile instrumentation (LUVMI) project results

Jeremi Gancet, Diego Urbina, Simon Sheridan, Janos Biswas, Anthony Evagora, Lutz Richter, Guillaume Fau, Hemanth Kumar, Daniel Fodorcan, Thibaud Chupin, Karsten Kullack, Craig Pitcher, Neil Murray, Philipp Reiss, Mattia Reganaz, Shashank Govindaraj, Richard Aked, Joseph Salini

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LUVMI is an innovative, low mass, mobile robotic payload designed specifically for operations at the South Pole of the Moon with a range of several kilometres. Over the 2 past years of the project, the key LUVMI scientific instruments (volatiles analyser and volatiles sampler) were successfully developed and validated up to TRL 5-6. In addition, a ground prototype of the LUVMI rover was developed and tested in a series of outdoor trials, in rocky and sandy environments. This rover, with a target dry mass of ~40kg for a flight version, features an adjustable height chassis to adapt to terrain roughness and allowing to bring instruments very closely and precisely to the surface. The locomotion capability of the LUVMI rover was tested in partially representative conditions, as part of the project. This paper reports on the project's results and lessons learnt, and gives indications of how LUVMI may be further matured to target potential mission slots in the mid-2020s, as part of ESA mission and/or supported by private funding.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberIAC-19_A3_2C_6_x49835
JournalProceedings of the International Astronautical Congress, IAC
StatePublished - 2019
Event70th International Astronautical Congress, IAC 2019 - Washington, United States
Duration: 21 Oct 201925 Oct 2019


  • Lunar exploration
  • Permanently shadowed regions
  • Rover
  • Volatiles


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