Lunar Proving Grounds Definition Workshop

Wednesday, July 12, 2023 -Thursday, July 13, 2023

Venue: Hybrid - Zoom & JHU/APL Kossiakoff Center

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Registration closes June 23, 2023.

Registration is free but required for participation.

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We look forward to seeing you at APL in Maryland for the LSIC Lunar Proving Grounds Workshop on July 12-13, 2023!

The Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium (LSIC) is hosting a hybrid Lunar Proving Grounds Definition Workshop, July 12-13, 2023, at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland, and on Zoom. The topic of facilities needed for testing hardware destined for the Moon and the need for Earth-based ‘Lunar Proving Grounds’ for testing systems has come up across all six Focus Areas of LSIC. While facilities exist for component- and instrument- level technology maturation (e.g., up to system/subsystem demo in relevant environments), and there are potential flight opportunities for component maturation to flight-qualified and even flight-proved systems, the Artemis Program vision for a sustained presence and transition to industry (e.g., the Moon to Mars Objectives and the LSIC “Path to an Enduring Lunar Presence” white paper) suggests an architecture of integrated systems and systems of systems more complex than Apollo or the International Space Station. Some questions we aim to address through this workshop include: (1) How will validation and verification of these systems and interactions, including human-robotic operations, be accomplished? (2) What metrics need to be tested, and thus what capabilities will such a facility or facilities need? (3) Which functionalities can be tested separately and which need to synergize? What can be the role of digital engineering? 

Over the course of this two-day Lunar Proving Grounds (LPG) Definition Workshop, we will dive into these and other topics to explore the needs, attributes, and performance capabilities that will be necessary for a Lunar Proving Grounds. While the LSIC Lunar Proving Grounds Definition Workshop will be hybrid, we encourage in-person participation if possible, in order to maximize discussion and collaboration opportunities. Since this is a collaboration/discussion-driven workshop, no abstracts for talks or posters will be solicited. A tentative agenda is provided below, and will be updated as information becomes available. Morning and afternoon snacks and coffee/tea will be provided throughout the workshop, however, lunch will be on your own -- there are a variety of nearby options to choose from, and these logistics will be disseminated to registrants closer to the workshop dates. Below the following agenda is several useful links for visiting Laurel and APL.

Tentative Agenda:

Day 1 - Wednesday, July 12, 2023
Start Time (EDTTotal Time (min)TopicSpeaker/Facilitator
10:00 AM30A/V check, badge pickup, breakfast 
10:30 AM5Welcome to LPG Workshop 
10:35 AM10Workshop Goals 
10:45 AM30 + 15 Q&AKeynote: Motivation for an LPG 
11:30 AM75Kick-Off Discussion: What is an LPG to you? 
12:45 PM90LUNCH on your own, several nearby options 
2:15 PM90Panel 1: What capabilities and features does the proving ground need to possess? 
3:45 PM20BREAK 
4:05 PM90Open Discussion 1: Based on these conversations, what do we need facility owners to know? 
5:35 PM15Wrap-Up and End of Day 
Day 2 - Thursday, July 13, 2023
Start Time (EDT)Total Time (min)TopicSpeaker/Facilitator
10:00 AM30A/V check, badge pickup, breakfast 
10:30 AM75Panel 2: What are the attributes for being able to work with other hardware providers, e.g., legal agreements, interfaces/integration, etc.? 
11:45 AM90LUNCH on your own, several nearby options 
1:15 PM90Open Discussion 2: Given these attributes, what are the logistical characteristics that technology developers desire in an LPG? 
2:45 PM20BREAK 
3:05 PM60Takeaways & Next Steps 
4:05 PM15Wrap-Up and End of Day


Event Details

Date: Wednesday, July 12, 2023 - Thursday, July 13, 2023

Location: Hybrid - Zoom & JHU/APL Kossiakoff Center

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