DLR's Robotic Space Exploration: Past, Present, and Future

Specific Seminar - Curriculum 6
4 June 2024
Start time 
10:00 am
National PhD Programme - Space Science and Technology - SST
Target audience: 
University community
Contact person: 
Prof. Giuseppe Mazzarella
Contact details: 
National PhD in Space Science and Technology - Secretariat
+39 0461 281504 - 283566


Dr. Armin Wedler, Head of Planetary Exploration – DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics
Dr. Martin Görner, researcher – DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics


The talk gives an overview of past, present and future DLR activities towards highly autonomous systems for scientific missions to the Moon and other planets and shows how developments in space can be used successfully in the service of humanity on Earth. The legacy of the Mobile Asteroid Scout (MASCOT), jointly developed by DLR and CNES and deployed by the JAXA spacecraft Hayabusa2 on the asteroid Ryugu on 3 October 2018, inspired the development of novel core technologies for higher efficiency in planetary exploration. Together with the findings from the ROBEX (2012-2017) and ARCHES project (2018-2022), these experiences will shape future steps towards more complex space missions. These include the development of a mobile rover for JAXA's Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) in 2024. Furthermore, details on the new wheeled/legged mobile TRP Rover system for LUNA exploration will be shared and explained in detail.

Short bio

Armin Wedler
Dr Armin Wedler is Head of Planetary Exploration at DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, studied mechanical engineering and robotics and has a doctorate in "Adaptive passive compliant systems for use in robotics" from the University of Hannover. He has worked at DLR since 2008. Within his work, Dr Wedler aims to support sustainable technologies for humanity, including the use of robots in crisis regions, food supply chains and agriculture to combat climate change and improve food production. With the coordination of the AHEAD (autonomous humanitarian emergency aid devices) Project within (DLR). At the HGF-funded iFOODis project (2023- 2027), he will focus the work on intelligent robotic systems to increase the sustainability of food cycles.

Martin Görner
Dr Martin Görner works as a researcher at the DLR Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics. He studied Mechatronics Engineering at the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg and holds a doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ilmenau. His research is focused on the development and control of legged and wheeled mobile robots within the context of planetary exploration as well as the factory of the future. Apart from his research work, he was responsible for the design and realization of the DLR Moon-Mars test site.

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