Israel Network for Lunar Science and Exploration Team Capabilities and Research Interests

The primary goal of this partnership is to create the means to train highly-qualified personnel in lunar science and exploration and to build the required infrastructure to collaborate with other nations in these fields. For many years, intensive research has been carried out in the area of planetary sciences and lunar exploration at Israeli universities and other research organizations. The Israel Network for Lunar Science and Exploration (INLSE) focuses on laser communication, robotic, remote sensing and other technologies for lunar missions as areas for possible collaboration both within Israel and through the SSERVI.

Current activities in these areas include

• Robotic reconnaissance and navigation using laser communications systems.
• Autonomous vehicle navigation systems.
• Development of mission concepts using small satellites.
• Study of synthetic aperture radar and its applicability to lunar science.
• Lunar optical wireless communication network for robotic and human exploration of the Moon
• Laser communication and ranging for lunar micro-satellite formation.
• Landmark and 3D mapping Based System for Autonomous Vehicle Navigation for lunar Missions
• Digital / Analog optimized infrastructure for low-cost efficient lunar exploration crafts
• Vision-based lunar satellite localization
• Synthetic aperture radar development and analysis
• Training of highly qualified personnel (HQP) and capacity building
• Education and Public Outreach (EPO)

For more information, contact:
Professor Shlomi Arnon
Ben Gurion University at the Negev

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