In cooperation with the Part-Time-Scientists(TM), we built a lunar landing module for the GLXP-Challenge between May and October 2014 . The challenge was the construction of a structure that resists enormous forces at the launch of the rocket (8.5 times earth gravitation) and absorbs the momentum during landing. Highest priority goes to weight optimisation. Therefore the primary structure is made of aluminium-honeycomb-sandwichpanels. This construction unburdens the tanks (mainload at start about 500kg propellant), distributes the forces to the legs (landing weight: 300kg; maximal fall height: 5m at one sixth of earth gravitation) and offers space for solar panels and cooling.
The 1:1 prototype, designed by us, has the measures of a small car. The size is 4m in diameter, 1.6 m height and the mass is about 65kg.
Video Body Assembly
Leg structure and dampers
Also the leg structure is developed and manufactured by us.
Leg and Final Assembly
Tanks, rocket pods, and other propulsion material are planned to be purchased from EADS-Astrium-Space Propulsion. The communication technology is planed to be received from RUAG Space.
More information about the payload of our lander, two Asimov-moon-rovers, can be found on the website of PTS.
Exhibit in Technisches Museum Wien
In April 2017 the TU Wien Space Team donated the Lunar Landing Module (LLM) to Technisches Museum Wien.
As part of the permanent exhibition the Lunar Lander can be seen in the aviation section of the museum.