WEBCAST MAY 30 – IPNSIG Academy: Low-cost movable and static wireless sensor node for future Lunar explorations – Fangzheng Liu

ISOC LIVEOn Thursday May 30, 2024, at 5pm-6pm EDT (21:00-22:00 UTC) the Interplanetary Networking Special Interest Group (IPNSIG) presents an IPNSIG Academy Keynote ‘Low-cost movable and static wireless sensor node for future Lunar explorations‘.

Low-cost and small wireless sensor nodes hold significant promise for future lunar explorations. These nodes can be employed for in-orbit inspections and in-situ data collection on the lunar surface. Two different types of wireless sensor nodes will be presented: movable and static. Movable nodes, such as small robots, can operate on the exterior surfaces of rovers, landers, and spacecraft, performing inspection sensing and monitoring the performance of their host vehicles. A notable project within this framework is the development of the “AstroAnt,” a miniature robot slated for deployment to the Lunar South Pole during the IM-2 mission in 2024-2025. The AstroAnt will work on the top panel of the MAPP-1 lunar rover, collecting thermal data from various positions to monitor the rover’s thermal system performance. In addition to movable nodes, ballistically deployed wireless sensor nodes can be “shot” out from rovers or landers to areas of interest, where they can remain to collect simultaneous data from different positions over the long term.

Fangzheng Liu, doctoral candidate, MIT Media Lab

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