DYMAT 2009
Volume 2, 2009
DYMAT 2009 - 9th International Conference on the Mechanical and Physical Behaviour of Materials under Dynamic Loading
Page(s) 1693 - 1698
Section Numerical Simulations
Published online 15 September 2009
DYMAT 2009 (2009) 1693-1698
DOI: 10.1051/dymat/2009239

Demonstration of survivable space penetrator

P. Church1, W. Huntington-Thresher1, A. Bruce1, N. Penny1, A. Smith2 and R. Gowan2

1  QinetiQ, Fort Halstead, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 7BP, UK
2  Mullard Space Science Laboratory, Holmbury St Mary, Surrey RH5 6NT, UK

Published online: 15 September 2009

MoonLITE is a proposed UK space mission to the moon where the basic premise is to deploy four instrumented penetrators, one each on the near-side, far-side and at the poles of the moon, with an impact velocity of approximately 300 m/s. This paper describes the down selection process using simulations to design a survivable penetrator shell. The design was trialed on the MoD owned rocket test track at Pendine. The penetrator was successfully recovered intact with little damage as predicted in the simulations.

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