LUMIO: achieving autonomous operations for Lunar exploration with a CubeSat

Stefano Speretta, Angelo Cervone, Prem Sundaramoorthy, Ron Noomen, Samiksha Mestry, Ana do Carmo Cipriano, More Authors

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The Lunar Meteoroid Impacts Observer (LUMIO) is one of the four projects selected within ESA’s SysNova competition to develop a small satellite for scientific and technology demonstration purposes to be deployed by a mother ship around the Moon. The mission utilizes a 12U form-factor CubeSat which carries the LUMIO-Cam, an optical instrument capable of detecting light flashes in the visible spectrum to continuously monitor and process the meteoroids impacts. In this paper, we will describe the mission concept and focus on the performance of a novel navigation concept using Moon images taken as byproduct of the LUMIO-Cam operations. This new approach will considerably limit the operations burden on ground, aiming at autonomous orbit-attitude navigation and control. Furthermore, an efficient and autonomous strategy for collection, processing, categorization, and storage of payload data is also described to cope with the limited contact time and downlink bandwidth. Since all communications have to go via a Lunar Orbiter (mothership), all commands and telemetry/data will have to be forwarded to/from the mother ship. This will prevent quasi-real time operations and will be the first time for CubeSats as they have never flown so far from Earth.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpaceOps - 15th International Conference on Space Operations, Marseille, France, May 2018
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventSpaceOps 2018: 15th International Conference on Space Operations - Marseille, France
Duration: 28 May 20181 Jun 2018
Conference number: 15


ConferenceSpaceOps 2018: 15th International Conference on Space Operations
Abbreviated titleSpaceOps 2018
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