Russia-ESA Lunar Exploration Cooperation: Luna Mission Speed Dating

17 February 2014


Through a developing cooperation between ESA and Roscosmos in the area of lunar exploration an opportunity has arisen for European scientific investigators to participate in the Russian led missions Luna-25 (Luna-Glob lander), 26 (luna-Resurs orbiter) and 27 (Luna-Resurs lander).
 
On 17th February 2014 an event will be held at ESA ESTEC at which European investigators, with an interest in participating in these missions, will have the opportunity to meet  and discuss opportunities for involvement with selected experiment teams and the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Science (IKI), who are providing scientific leadership of the programme.  



Luna-25 is a small technology drive lander with a limited payload, which will target a high latitude landing side in the southern hemisphere on the near side. 

Luna-26 will be a polar orbiting spacecraft which will operate from one year at 100 – 150 km and then for 2 years at 500 – 700km altitude, providing communications relay capabilities for missions which follow. 
Luna-27 is a larger lander with an enhanced payload capability. The mission will have near  polar landing site in the southern hemisphere, targeting frozen volatiles in the sub surface.

The selected payloads of the three missions are listed in the below tables.


Instrument  Measurements/Operations  Organization 
ADRON-LR  Active neutron and gamma-ray analysis of regolith  IKI 
ARIES-L  Measurements of exosphere’ plasma   IKI 
LASMA-LR  Laser mass-spectrometer  IKI + U of Bern 
LIS-TV-RPM  IR spectrometry of minerals. TV imaging  IKI 
LINA-XSAN  Measurements of neutrals and ions  ISP (Sweden) 
PmL  Study of dust and micrometeorites   IKI 
TERMO-L  Study of thermal properties of regolith  GEOKHI 
STS-L  TV imaging of panoramas and area near Lander   IKI 
Laser Retro reflector  Moon libration and Moon ranging  NPO SPP 
Selected payloads on the Luna-25 lander


Instrument  Measurements/Operations  Organization 
ADRON-LR  Active neutron and gamma-ray analysis of regolith  IKI 
Analytic complex  Chromatographic and mass spectroscopy analysis of volatiles content and chemical composition  IKI+ U. of Bern 
ARIES-L  Measurements of plasma of exosphere  IKI 
LASMA-LR  Laser mass-spectrometer  IKI+ U. of Bern 
LIS-TV-RPM  IR spectrometry of minerals and TV imaging   IKI 
LINA  Measurements of plasma and neutrals  IKI+ ISP (Sweden) 
PmL  Measurements of dust and micrometeorites   IKI 
Radio-Beacon  Radio signal with very high stability  IKI 
RAT  Radio measurements of thermal property of regolith  IKI 
SEISMO-LR  Measurements of seismic activity  IFZ 
TV-Spectrometer  UV and optical imaging of minerals with UV excitation  IKI 
TERMO-L  Measurements of thermal properties of regolith  GEOKHI 
STS-L  TV imaging of panoramas and area near Lander  IKI 
Laser Retro Reflector  Moon libration and Moon ranging experiments  NPO SPP 
 
































Selected payloads on the Luna-27 lander



Instrument  Measurements/Operations  Organization 
LGNS  Neutron and gamma ray   IKI RAN 
LEVUS  UV exposure 30 – 150 nm with scanner  France/Japan/IKI 
LUMIS  IR mapping 1-16 mm  IKI 
LSTK  Stereo camera  IKI 
RLK-L  Radar 20 and 200 MHz  IRE 
LPMS-LG  Magnetometer DC field  IKI RAN 
LEMI  Electrmagnetic waves, magnetic fluctuation to 40 kHz  Ukraine/Czech/IKI 
BMSW-LG  Solar wind, plasma flow direction, velocity and density  Czech/IKI 
ASPECT-L  Energetic particles, ions and electrons 20-1000keV  Slovakia/IKI 
LINA  Ions and neutral spectrometer  IKI/Sweden 
PKD  Radio receiver, high precision orbit measurements  IKI 
LORD  Ultra-high energy cosmic rays, Moon as a natural telescope  FIAN 
METEOR-L  Circumlunar dust  GeoKhi 
        
Selected payloads on the Luna-26 orbiter  

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