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Subsurface Coring Sampler System

Award Information

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Honeybee Robotics
460 West 34th Street New York, NY 10001-
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Subsurface Coring Sampler System
Agency: NASA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $69,829.00


Honeybee Robotics is proposing a new type of planetary and small bodies sample acquisition and sample handling system that can operate in extreme environments and satisfy crucial mission related science and sample return requirements. Many in-situ instruments are currently only capable of handling small amount of samples (0.1 - 1.0 cc) while missions with sample return requirements have a need for large volume of samples (100-500 cc). The proposed Subsurface Coring Sampler System (SCSS) is capable of acquiring small samples for in-situ science and larger samples for sample return by adjusting the sample volume. Another unique feature of the SCSS is its ability to obtain stratigraphy maintained surface and subsurface cores of varying lengths. Once the cores are obtained, the SCSS can function as precision material handling system, transferring the cores to sample return containers or depositing smaller sections of the cores to in-situ instruments for analysis. This low mass, low power sampling system will be developed with multiple mission applicability in mind, interfacing with a majority of existing in-situ instruments being developed by other NASA centers such as GSFC (CHARGE) and Ames (CIDEX). The SCSS will also be developed with interface commonality to a multi-chamber sample return container currently being developed by Honeybee Robotics for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Principal Investigator:

Shaheed Rafeek
Engineering Group Leader

Business Contact:

Chris Chapman
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Honeybee Robotics Ltd.
204 Elizabeth St. New York, NY 10012

Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No