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Ramp test in the underground car park

Rovers that want to explore a crater. Astronauts who need to rehearse the rescue of a colleague on the surface: Being able to set a defined slope in the regolith hall is an important feature for the LUNA facility. What sounds trivial required some discussions, thoughts and conceptual work: The

Topping-out ceremony for LUNA

Topping-out ceremony for LUNA The shell of the lunar training and technology centre is complete and the hall is now roofed over – perfect occasion for the topping-out ceremony for LUNA on 26 January 2024. At the invitation of ESA, which is responsible for the construction of the building, construction

New LUNA visual? Yes please!

In time for the new year when LUNA will start operations, the LUNA key visual has been finished. It shall represent the unique facility in future. Over the course of several months, graphics designer Adriane Woito of the German Space Operations Centre has worked with the LUNA project management team

Moon dust in bags for Christmas

An astronaut centre aiming for the Moon should have some Moon dust in the garage: Last week, the first delivery of the Regolith simulant EAC-1A for LUNA arrived at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne. A total of 10 tons of the basaltic dust is now sitting in so-called Big

Lunar water for drinking and rocket propellant

Water is by far the most versatile and most necessary resource for crewed space exploration. It is the most important raw material in life support systems and for rocket propellants manufactured using hydrogen. In the ‘Validation of Lunar Water Extraction and Purification Technologies for In-Situ Propellant and Consumables Production’ (LUWEX)

The first rover awaits its entry into LUNA

On 08.11.2023, the DLR Microgravity User Support Center (MUSC) has received the first rover for LUNA from NEUROSPACE GmbH (Berlin). After a short introduction and set-up of the necessary infrastructure, a first driving was successfully performed inside the MUSC building.

Slow rise of the moon in Cologne

Across from the European Astronaut Centre (EAC), the shell of the LUNA hall is being built. Earthworks, foundations and the hall floor have been completed. Now the first floor of the technology centre is being built. In addition to the lobby, it will contain several functional rooms, including a maintenance

Seismic survey of the LUNA construction site

Seismic survey of the LUNA construction site Picture of two seismometers used during the measurement. The instruments were placed on flagstones to improve coupling to the ground and buried to about 10 cm depth. The green seismometer is the one that will be installed in LUNA once the building is

Construction is under way

For a few weeks now, the car park across the road from the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) on the DLR site in Cologne has disappeared and been transformed into a building site. After several years of planning, the LUNA facility, which will be operated jointly by DLR and ESA, is

Moon-Mars outdoor test site opened in Oberpfaffenhofen

The fact that the moon is now omnipresent at DLR was demonstrated on 26 September: in Oberpfaffenhofen, the Institute for Robotics and Mechatronics opened its outdoor test site, where a wide variety of scenarios for the use of robots for planetary exploration are available on 1500 square metres. About two-thirds