Europlanet Research Infrastructure: Planetary Simulation Facilities

G. R. Davies, N. J. Mason, F. Gómez, O. Prieto, J. Helbert, L. Colangeli, R. Srama, Dave Barnes, J. Merrison

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The Europlanet Research Infrastructure consortium funded under FP7 aims to provide the EU Planetary Science community greater access for to research infrastructure. A series of networking and outreach initiatives will be complimented by joint research activities and the formation of three Trans National Access distributed service laboratories (TNA’s) to provide a unique and comprehensive set of analogue field sites, laboratory simulation facilities, and extraterrestrial sample analysis tools. Here we report on the infrastructure that comprises the second TNA; Planetary Simulation Facilities. 11 laboratory based facilities are able to recreate the conditions found in the atmospheres and on the surfaces of planetary systems with specific emphasis on Martian, Titan and Europa analogues. The strategy has been to offer some overlap in capabilities to ensure access to the highest number of users and to allow for progressive and efficient development strategies. For example initial testing of mobility capability prior to the step wise development within planetary atmospheres that can be made progressively more hostile through the introduction of extreme temperatures, radiation, wind and dust.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventEuroplanetary Science Congress 2009 - Potsdam, Germany
Duration: 13 Sept 200918 Sept 2009


ConferenceEuroplanetary Science Congress 2009
Period13 Sept 200918 Sept 2009


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