Articles | Volume 6, issue 1
Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 6, 103–124, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gi-6-103-2017
Geosci. Instrum. Method. Data Syst., 6, 103–124, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gi-6-103-2017

Research article 24 Feb 2017

Research article | 24 Feb 2017

The MetNet vehicle: a lander to deploy environmental stations for local and global investigations of Mars

Ari-Matti Harri et al.

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Investigations of Mars – its atmosphere, surface and interior – require simultaneous, distributed in situ measurements. We have developed an innovative prototype of the Mars Network Lander (MNL), a small lander/penetrator with a 20 % payload mass fraction. MNL features an innovative Entry, Descent and Landing System to increase reliability and reduce the system mass. It is ideally suited for piggy-backing on spacecraft, for network missions and pathfinders for high-value landed missions.