SELENE-2

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SELENE-2
Selene-2.jpg
Operator JAXA
Mission type Orbiter \ lander \ rover
Launch date 2017[1]
Launch vehicle H-2A
Satellite of The Moon
COSPAR ID SELENE2
Mass 30-kilogram rover

SELENE-2 /ˈsɛlɨn/, or the Selenological and Engineering Explorer 2, is a planned Japanese robotic mission to the moon that will include an orbiter, a lander and a rover. It is expected to be launched in 2017[1] as a successor to the 2007 Kaguya (SELENE) moon orbiter.[2]

Orbiter[edit]

The orbiter will weigh 700 kg.[1]

Lander[edit]

The lander will weigh 1,000 kg. It will be able to have 200 kg of payload. Its mission will last two weeks.[1]

Rover[edit]

The rover will weigh 100 kg. Its mission will last two weeks. One of its instruments will be from South Korea.[1]

Penetrators[edit]

One option JAXA was investigating in 2006, was to integrate a small data relay satellite and penetrators into the mission.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Srinivas Laxman (2012-07-16). "Japan SELENE-2 Lunar Mission Planned For 2017". Asian Scientist. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  2. ^ "Moon lander SELENE-2". JAXA Space Exploration Center. 24 December 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  3. ^ Tatsuaki Hashimoto (May 2006). "Robotic Lunar Exploration Scenario" (.PDF). JAXA. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 

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