AEP Oxford development 2008/2009

Lead Research Organisation: University of Oxford
Department Name: Oxford Physics


The AEP experiment is the meteorological package selected for the Exomars lander which is now due for launch in 2013. The instrument package is a joint development between Oxford and the Open University. This proposal is for funding until 31/3/2009, a period which covers the instrument Preliminary Design Review, and manufacture of the Structural Thermal Model instrument package. Oxford's role in the project is to develop the deployable meteorological boom sub-system and to integrate and test the sensors on this boom. This will involve verifying our facility's suitability to meet planetary protection regulations, design of the boom, actuator and wiring and extensive testing of the system in our vacuum facilities. Oxford are also fabricating two of the sensor types: the temperature sensors and the wind sensors which will be tested and calibrated in Oxford's Martian wind tunnel.


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Wilson C (2008) A wind tunnel for the calibration of Mars wind sensors in Planetary and Space Science

Description Consortium lead by Instituto Nazionale Di Astrofisica, Naples to develop a meteorological package for Exomars 2016 
Organisation National Institute for Astrophysics
Country Italy 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Design of wind sensor and electronics. Contributions to proposal submitted in March 2011
Collaborator Contribution Consortium management. Flight hardware.
Impact Proposal submitted to ESA and currently in competition for inclusion on the ExoMars 2016 EDM
Start Year 2010
Description Instrument development with NASA GSFC 
Organisation National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Department Goddard Space Flight Center
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Design of optics, focal planes, filter assemblies and structural elements of space instruments.
Collaborator Contribution We are working with GSFC to develop instrumentation for new missions which will result in joint proposals for remote sensing and lander instruments
Impact Study reports instrument proposals in preparation
Description Meteorological instrument development 
Organisation Open University
Department Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The development of wind and temperatures sensors and a support structure to deploy them.
Collaborator Contribution The joint development has made it possible for us to develop a coordinated suite of meteorological sensors. The suite has not yet been flown but, once succesful, will provide much richer scientific results than the sensors individually. The Open University contributed project management as well as technology development.
Impact The main output during this funding period was the successful passing of a Preliminary Design Review (PDR) for the instrument suite. This involved the production of large numbers of support documents and a detailed review by ESA engineers.
Start Year 2006
Description Public lectures 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 5 lectures specific to the instrument and mission development funded under this grant. One school visit and four to Astronomical Societies.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008,2009