Funding: The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) (reference number 50NA2012)


Duration: 2019 - 2022

Cooperation Partners:

  • DFKI Bremen
  • Technische Universität Braunschweig
  • RWTH Aachen Universität IRT
  • RWTH Aachen Universität AICES
  • RWTH Aachen Universität PHY
  • Universität Hohenheim
  • GSI Systementwicklung und Instrumentierung GmbH
  • DSI Aerospace Technologie GmbH
  • AWI

Searching for extraterrestrial life on icy moons and getting a better understanding of the emergence of life are the key motivations behind the TRIPLE Projects.

The acronym TRIPLE stands for Technologies for Rapid Ice Penetration and subglacial Lake Exploration and constists of multiple bespoke projects dedicated to the ambitious goals of the challenging demands of a deep sea and space mission.


Several national and international partners collaborate to develop an exploration system to carry out a mission where a miniaturized autonomous underwater vehicle (nanoAUV) autonomously explores an under ice water body to maximize scientific yield.

The nanoAUV shall be deployed in a demonstation scenario at Antarctica  2025/2026 and also apply to future space missions on icy moons like Enceladus or Europa to search for signs of biosignatures.

The TRIPLE-nanoAUV subproject focuses on the development of the vehicle itself and its capabilities / functionalities.


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As a part of the GNC (Guidance Navigation & Control) Group we are contributing by developing software components for the nanoAUV, that enables the system to autonomously plan and execute its mission.

The main objectives are to develop strategies for locating regions of interest, perform mission and motion planning to survey these areas, and while doing so, cope with potentially noisy sensor measurements and uncertain information and ensuring safe return to the ice shuttle.


Filter publications:
[1] TRIPLE-nanoAUV: A Guidance, Navigation and Control System for an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle to Explore the Oceans of Icy Moons (, , , , , , , , , ), In 18th International Planetary Probe Workshop (IPPW), . (extended abstract) [bibtex]

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