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Parametric Optimization and Prediction Tool for Excavation and Prospecting Tasks

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
094206
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
X6.01
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Honeybee Robotics
460 West 34th Street New York, NY -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Parametric Optimization and Prediction Tool for Excavation and Prospecting Tasks
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX11CB56C
Award Amount: $599,949.00
 

Abstract:

Honeybee Robotics therefore proposed to develop a software tool for facilitating prospecting and excavation system trades in support of selecting an optimal architecture for the Moon. The tool could serve as a starting platform for excavation software for Mars or asteroids. The tool will provide engineers with the ability to quickly examine "What if?" scenarios within a trade space by specifying a surface system architecture (e.g. lander or rover based, digging for ice or building burms) and receiving reliable data and graphs evaluating that architecture's performance in terms relevant metrics, such as total energy used or total duration.The proposed software aims to be (a) user friendly, (b) relevant to NASA excavation priorities (xPRP: digging icy regolith for ISRU or LSS: outpost preparation), and (c) accurate for lunar excavation (equations verified by testing in relevant environment and scaled for gravity).

Principal Investigator:

Kris Zacny
Principal Investigator
5102074555
zacny@honeybeerobotics.com

Business Contact:

Chris Chapman
President
2129660661
chapman@honeybeerobotics.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Honeybee Robotics Ltd.
460 West 34th Street New York, NY -

EIN/Tax ID: 880193033
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No