Researchers from Hong Kong and China develop camera technology to map lunar surface in preparation for China’s lunar programme.

With space exploration comes technological advancement. When the European Space Agency (ESA) successfully deployed the Beagle 2 Lander in the Mars Express Mission in 2003, on board were the ‘Mars Rock Corer’ and a ‘Soil Preparation System’ (SOPSYS) developed by Prof Yung and his team from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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Since 2010 HK PolyU and the China Academy of Space Technology have a dedicated “Joint Laboratory for Precision Space Mechanism and Design” laboratory to further the development of tools for use in space. The joint team have successfully developed a “Camera Pointing System” (CPS) for Phase 2 of China’s lunar landing programme, which will be carried on board the Chang’e-3 lunar lander scheduled to be launched towards the middle of 2013. CPS is a sophisticated tool capable of deploying a camera and controlling its rotational and tilting movement with precision. The camera serves the dual function of image-capturing of the lunar landscape and monitoring of the decent/progress of the lunar rover. The system is designed to operate under extreme environment with a high degree of adaptability.

 

For further information contact: 

Prof. K. L. Yung

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering,

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Email: kl.yung@polyu.edu.hk