Colloquium: Pietro Squillace (Space Flight)

31 januari 2022 14:00 - Locatie: LECTURE ROOM D, FACULTY OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING, KLUYVERWEG 1, DELFT

Europa Lander Landing System: Study on Deployment, Landing and Preliminary Design

The Europa Lander is a NASA mission to study the surface properties of the Jovian moon of Europa by the 2030s. The current design has the lander being lowered down by means of a Skycrane. The aim of this thesis is to offer an alternative to the landing system by scrapping the Skycrane and coming up with a deployable concept that uses the decelerating forces of the engine module to actuate its motion. This is done by having a tool on Matlab that tracks the deployment dynamics and outputs geometries of the landing system. Subsequently, finite element analyses are run on Abaqus to assess landing performance in a specific landing case with different materials of the landing legs and on different landing soils. In the end, system design guidelines for this specific type of landing system are laid out based on the inputs given from the models.