Thermal Control & Analysis for Lunar Mission


In the past 50 years, about 100 lunar missions (such as US’s Apollo, Russia’s Luna, Japan’s Selene, ESA’s Smart, China’s Chang’e) have been carried to investigate geophysical properties of the Moon. Due to the Lunar surface temperature vibration, the thermal control and analysis are crucial for the Lunar mission including orbiter, lander and penetrator. In this lecture, I will introduce the research on the four aspects, Primarily Design of Thermal Control for Lunar Orbiter, In-situ Heat-Flow Measurement of Lunar regolith, Mechanics Design of Lunar Sample Acquisition, and Hardware Improvement for Lunar Rover Thermal Control, which have been completed by the collaboration with Dr. Yang Gao and Prof. Martin Sweeting.