Photo:
Viljo Allik

Space bunker

The Space Mission Simulation Center, or Space Bunker, is designed to test space instruments. Before sending them on the actual mission we test them here under conditions as similar as possible to the destination.

In the center, there is a large, partially underground room, where an analogue of the lunar surface has been created from granite sand. It is connected to a long corridor in which instruments that require greater freedom of movement can be tested. Test measurements for the comet catcher mission have already been made in the corridor. Now we will start testing how the rover can follow the trajectory determined by the software on artificial ground. In the future, there are plans to upgrade the bunker, for example adding a more realistic surface and making the walls more light-absorbing. The center is also open to new cooperation partners.

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