LUNA Analog Facility

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the European Space Agency (ESA) are jointly establishing a fundamental facility for the preparation of future human and robotic missions to the Moon at the Cologne site. With its unique infrastructure and the seamless integration into the campus, LUNA will enable complex simulations for lunar surface activities of astronauts and robotic systems. LUNA will be an important and relevant building block within the international capabilities.

LUNA establishes an internationally distinct and visible competence centre for Moon activities as German-European contribution to the continued exploration of space.


Sun simulator light

The sun has been rising in LUNA since 3 June. So far, it is only a relatively primitive installation: a powerful film spotlight on a tripod has been rented for the coming months before the much more complex sun simulator is designed and constructed and can be installed. At the

LUNA at the ILA – International Aerospace Exhibition

he Space Pavilion at the ILA in Berlin gave the Moon much space, not only in the exhibition but also in the stage programme. LUNA had a prominent place here and was presented by several members of the project team to the specialist audience and the very interested general

First LUNA experiments cast their shadows ahead

A working group from the German Federal Association of Students in Space Flight (BVSR) spent several days at a conference in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance. The focus was on developing a rover concept, which will then be tested at the LUNA analogue facility and made available for university research.

Astronaut suits arrived

For a realistic simulation of astronautical activities on the lunar surface, it is important to have astronaut suits that correspond as closely as possible to the real spacesuits that will be used in the future

Motion tracking in LUNA – the moonwalk

Just as important for robotics as for astronaut fitness training or for analyzing precise motion sequences under reduced gravity: LUNA will be equipped with a system to precisely record movements in the hall and make them available to users. In order to meet the requirements of the various user categories

Broadcasting news from the Moon

July 21st 1969 at 02:56 UTC, Tranquillity Base:
Moon enthusiast for sure recall this milestone date, time and place: Neil Armstrong was the first person to step onto the lunar surface and everyone around the globe could watch history being made through normal TVs and thanks to the incredible technology