Planmap H2020 Space
Geologic mapping is a key element of planetary exploration for mission planning, orbital and rover reconnaissance, and target selection for in-situ analysis and sample return, as well as for understanding the formation and evolution of planetary surfaces. The PLANMAP project (http://www.planmap.eu) aims at produce high-level, standardized geological maps of the Moon, Mars, and Mercury. Jacobs University co-leads the project.
More info on https://planmap.eu
Explore H2020 Space
The EXPLORE project gathers experts from different science domains and technological expertises to develop new tools that will enable and promote the explotiation of space science data. Jacobs University is present supporting Lunar science data exploitation.
More info on https://astro.acri-st.fr/explore/
European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) program faces the challenge of developing an agile, fit-for-purpose and sustainable service offering that can satisfy the evolving needs of the scientific community by stimulating the design and prototyping of novel innovative digital services. NEANIAS (Novel EOSC Services for Emerging Atmosphere, Underwater & Space Challenges) is an ambitious project that comprehensively addresses the challenges set out in the ‘Roadmap for EOSC’ foreseen actions. Jacobs University is developing planetary surface science services within NEANIAS/EOSC.
More info on https://www.neanias.eu
ESA Daedalus mission element study
Jacobs University is involved in the mission element study Daedalus (Descent And Exploration in Deep Autonomy of Lava Underground Structures) .The goal of this mission is to explore hazardous and extreme environments using a compact spherical robot device equipped with a 3D LiDAR, stereo camera vision, and locomotion subsystem as well as additional auxilary housekeeping sensors. It is designed specifically with the aim of investigating underground lava tubes on the moon or on other extraterrestial domains, i.e. asteroids or planets, where high autonomy is necessary. By creating a 3D modell of the insides of those lava tubes the robot identifies potential geologic resources and characterizes environmental properties of these subsurface corridors.
More info on https://www.informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de/space/mitarbeiter/nuechter/projects/daedalus/
ESA Miracles science support
Jacobs University supports the Science Team for in-scenario and out-of-scenario preparation activities of the ETNA ARCHES/MIRACLES, building upon ESA Analog.