ESA Rosetta Mission | Philae Lander

Bounce Landing of Philae

ESA Philae vehicle data provided by Wikipedia

philae lander prior to comet landing

Rosetta Philae, the second probe to land on the surface of a orbiting, non planet has a massive scientific and engineering achievement however, missions of this scale don't always go as planned. The image above shows Philae during the unintentional bounce landing of 1000 meters, where the lander returned into space after the downward spikes failed to activate. The only thing holding Philae to the surface is the ice screws located at the ends of the legs.

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Philae studio pose

Here is the Philae in a studio pose.

philae studio picture

philae delivery to comet

Philae freefalls towards the spinning comet, using an internal flywheel and external thrusters to position itself.

philae delivery to comet

Philae Leg and Ices Screw Details

Seen at the end of the Philae legs is the ice screws, the only holding system that stopped the bounce landing.

philae leg details

Rosetta Philae Sensor Infographic

Rosetta Philae lander Sensor Infographic

Lander Technical View

Rosetta Philae lander technical view

Plaster Renderings

Rosetta Philae lander No color renderings
Rosetta Philae lander Sensor Infographic