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Lunar PanCam: adapting ExoMars PanCam for the ESA Lunar Lander

Coates, Andrew J. and Griffiths, Andrew D. and Leff, C.E. and Schmitz, N. and Barnes, D.P. and Josset, J.L. and Hancock, B.K. and Cousins, Claire R. and Jaumann, R. and Crawford, Ian A. and Paar, G. and Bauer, A. (2012) Lunar PanCam: adapting ExoMars PanCam for the ESA Lunar Lander. Planetary and Space Science 74 (1), pp. 247-253. ISSN 0032-0633.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pss.2012.07.017

Abstract

A scientific camera system would provide valuable geological context from the surface for lunar lander missions. Here, we describe the PanCam instrument from the ESA ExoMars rover and its possible adaptation for the proposed ESA lunar lander. The scientific objectives of the ESA ExoMars rover are designed to answer several key questions in the search for life on Mars. The ExoMars PanCam instrument will set the geological and morphological context for that mission. We describe the PanCam scientific objectives in geology, and atmospheric science, and 3D vision objectives. We also describe the design of PanCam, which includes a stereo pair of Wide Angle Cameras (WACs), each of which has a filter wheel, and a High Resolution Camera for close up investigations. The cameras are housed in an optical bench (OB) and electrical interface is provided via the PanCam Interface Unit (PIU). Additional hardware items include a PanCam Calibration Target (PCT). We also briefly discuss some PanCam testing during field trials. In addition, we examine how such a ‘Lunar PanCam’ could be adapted for use on the Lunar surface on the proposed ESA lunar lander.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Mars, Moon, Instrumentation, Visible cameras
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Earth and Planetary Sciences > UCL/Birkbeck Centre for Planetary Sciences
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2012 10:31
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:24
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/5074

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