WP1: Management and coordination

Lead SA; Inputs TUM, OU, DIA

The different tasks of project management will be handled by SA, which will call for partners’ contributions as required for exemplary and timely reporting for each periodic review. SA will furthermore ensure proper communication of any outstanding issues to the EC, and will reversely ensure proper and effective communication of information (and any particular requests) from the EC to the consortium. As part of this WP, the interaction with the advisory board will also be coordinated, including the invitation of advisory board members (and ad-hoc experts as needed) to dedicated events and handling of financial aspects related to the travel expense reimbursements. In order to comply with the above-mentioned duties, a Project Management Plan (PMP) will be produced and furthermore maintained with updates during the project duration.

WP2: Payload Concept

Lead SA; Inputs TUM, OU, DIA and OHB

Starting from the proposal a detailed identification of the scientific requirements for lunar volatile exploration will be established taking into account the LEAG VSAT reports as well as the outputs of ESA’s Lunar Exploration topical teams. These requirements will be the basis for identifying the concept of scientific operations, including which landing locations will be selected, the terrain topography, the locations of special interest, the individual and collective magnitude of the surface traverses necessary, the number of samples to be taken, the amount of time spent in sunlight or shadowed regions, the degree of on-board automation etc. This will allow a preliminary reference architecture for the payload and each instrument to be established, including a rough allocation of budgets (mass, energy, etc.).


WP3: Volatiles Sampler

Lead TUM; Inputs OU and OHB

This work package aims to mature and verify the baseline design of the penetration mechanism and heating unit to access subsurface regolith and release volatile content by thermal extraction. The work includes instrument specification, subsequent breadboarding, and test of the full instrument with drive and heating capability, to raise the overall instrument TRL and verify the instrument functionality and specifications.


WP4: Volatiles Analyser

Lead OU

In this work package the Rosetta Ptolemy mass spectrometer design will be adapted to develop a Volatiles Analyser for use in a lunar environment. The design, development, construction and testing of the Volatiles Analyser will be handled by the Open University and will call for inputs from the other partners. The Volatiles Analyser instrument which will provide a rapid volatile detection and characterisation capability for the LUVMI consists of a number of individual sub-systems. which include a sample ioniser, a mass selector, a Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) electron multiplier, a reference gas system and control electronics.


WP5: Payload support

Lead SA; Inputs OU, DIA

Specify, develop/modify and verify the instruments and sub-systems that provide the foundation for LUVMI


WP6:  Payload Intergration

Lead SA; Inputs TUM, OU, DIA and OHB

To ensure a consistent and compatible development of the individual elements in WPs 3, 4, and 5 in line with the overall concept. To establish an overall design reference which reflects the work achieved in WP 3, 4, 5, and the operations concept of WP 2. To integrate the instruments with the platform and demonstrate in a representative scenario.


WP7:  Roadmap

Lead SA; Inputs TUM, DIA, OU and OHB

Based on the instrument testing and payload demonstration as well as the APPS modelling tool characterise the various LUVMI configurations and the corresponding science objectives that each configuration can achieve. Assess various technology options that could lead to benefits in performance. Prepare a master development plan and schedule showing the main variations for each configuration. Make a max/min cost estimate for FM development.


WP8:  Dissemination and Outreach

Lead OU; Inputs SA, TUM, DIA and OHB

In this work package the OU aims to maximise the impact of the project through dissemination and exploitation of the results from the study and by producing a range of materials by which different audiences will be informed about the study and the aims and scientific questions the study aims to answer. These audiences include the general public, students, industry, etc. with a key objective being to generate tailored STEM teaching resources that will be make usable by teachers during and after the project

Work Package Overview