2016.P.1.4. CubeSat deployed Mars microlander networks

Author(s)

Michael Johnson (1)
Colin Wilson (2)
Julie McCann (1)

  1. Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  2. University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Session

P.1

Keywords

Interplanetary CubeSat, Thin-Film spacecraft, Mars

Abstract

To improve the characterisation of Martian global circulation, ideally a large fleet of microlanders would be deployed on Mars to provide global ground truth measurements. Previous proposals for such networks such as NetLander have typically proposed a relatively small number (<10) of traditional high reliability, high cost landers be deployed with precision landings. Recent developments in Interplanetary CubeSats and Thin-Film Spacecraft/Lander/Rovers (TF-SLRs) suggest a new approach with 100s-1000s of microlanders might now be viable at relatively low cost.

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