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The electrical ground support equipment for the ExoMars 2016 DREAMS scientific instrument
Author(s): C. Molfese; P. Schipani; L. Marty; F. Esposito; S. D'Orsi; M. Mannetta; S. Debei; C. Bettanini; A. Aboudan; G. Colombatti; R. Mugnuolo; E. Marchetti; S. Pirrotta
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) of the Dust characterization, Risk assessment, and Environment Analyser on the Martian Surface (DREAMS) scientific instrument, an autonomous surface payload package to be accommodated on the Entry, Descendent and landing Module (EDM) of the ExoMars 2016 European Space Agency (ESA) mission. DREAMS will perform several kinds of measurements, such as the solar irradiance with different optical detectors in the UVA band (315-400nm), NIR band (700-1100nm) and in "total luminosity" (200 –1100 nm). It will also measure environmental parameters such as the intensity of the electric field, temperature, pressure, humidity, speed and direction of the wind. The EGSE is built to control the instrument and manage the data acquisition before the integration of DREAMS within the Entry, Descendent and landing Module (EDM) and then to retrieve data from the EDM Central Checkout System (CCS), after the integration. Finally it will support also the data management during mission operations. The EGSE is based on commercial off-the-shelf components and runs custom software. It provides power supply and simulates the spacecraft, allowing the exchange of commands and telemetry according to the protocol defined by the spacecraft prime contractor. This paper describes the architecture of the system, as well as its functionalities to test the DREAMS instrument during all development activities before the ExoMars 2016 launch.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 August 2014
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9143, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 91434D (2 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2054641
Show Author Affiliations
C. Molfese, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (Italy)
P. Schipani, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (Italy)
L. Marty, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (Italy)
F. Esposito, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (Italy)
S. D'Orsi, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (Italy)
M. Mannetta, INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (Italy)
S. Debei, CISAS - Univ. degli Studi di Padova (Italy)
C. Bettanini, CISAS - Univ. degli Studi di Padova (Italy)
A. Aboudan, CISAS - Univ. degli Studi di Padova (Italy)
G. Colombatti, CISAS - Univ. degli Studi di Padova (Italy)
R. Mugnuolo, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (Italy)
E. Marchetti, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (Italy)
S. Pirrotta, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9143:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Jacobus M. Oschmann; Mark Clampin; Giovanni G. Fazio; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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