LIRIS Demonstratror (LIRIS Demonstratror) - 11.22.16

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Science Objectives for Everyone
The objective of the LIRIS Demonstrator- short for Laser InfraRed Imaging Sensors, is to demonstrate the feasibility of two different rendezvous sensor technologies. The demonstration is performed during the free flight of ESA’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)-5, Georges Lemaître. After the docking the objective is to retrieve the data and to make it available to Investigators.
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Experiment Details

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Sponsoring Space Agency
European Space Agency (ESA)

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Research Benefits
Space Exploration

ISS Expedition Duration
March 2014 - March 2015

Expeditions Assigned
39/40,41/42

Previous Missions
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Experiment Description

Research Overview
ESA has set its sights on allowing future spacecraft to rendezvous with 'uncooperative' targets, such as orbiting debris or a Mars sample capsule. The LIRIS demonstrator on the last Automated Transfer Vehicle, or ATV, is the first step towards developing technologies for uncooperative rendezvous in space.

On future missions, infrared cameras and lidar sensors - the light equivalent of radar - would scan the targets while onboard computers process the data using new guidance navigation and control software. ATV-5, Georges Lemaître, is the last in the series to deliver supplies to the Station and its mission offers a unique opportunity to space-test LIRIS for comparison with the current operational navigation sensors. Recorders inside ATV's pressurised cargo bay store the data for later download and analysis.

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Applications

Space Applications
ESA has set its sights on allowing future spacecraft to rendezvous with 'uncooperative' targets, such as orbiting debris or a Mars sample return spacecraft. This technology demonstration is an important step towards such missions.

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Operations

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Decadal Survey Recommendations

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