Lunar PanCam: adapting ExoMars PanCam for the ESA Lunar Lander

Authors Organisations
  • A. J. Coates(Author)
  • A. D. Griffiths(Author)
  • C. E. Leff(Author)
  • N. Schmitz(Author)
  • Dave Barnes(Author)
  • J. -L Josset(Author)
  • B. K. Hancock(Author)
  • C. R. Cousins(Author)
  • R. Jaumann(Author)
  • G. Paar(Author)
  • A. Bauer(Author)
Type Article
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247–253
JournalPlanetary and Space Science
Volume74
Issue number1
DOI
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
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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.

Keywords

  • Mars, Moon, Instrumentation, Visible cameras