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Low Gravity Anchoring System

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
115325
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
S5.04
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Cadtrak Engineering, LLC
31 Santa Barbara Avenue San Anselmo, CA 94960-1653
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Low Gravity Anchoring System
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX12CD90P
Award Amount: $104,141.00
 

Abstract:

Future sampling missions to the Moon, Mars and Asteroids will likely involve drilling and in-situ analysis from mobile robotic platforms in low gravity. Past sampling systems like the MER and MSL Rovers have used tool body preloading as their method of stabilization. This method puts high demands on the deployment device and becomes less viable as gravity decreases, as with an asteroid sampling mission. This proposal involves the development of an effective low-gravity anchoring system which would decrease the preload requirement and peak reaction forces on the deployment device. And in the case of asteroid or comet sampling it would reduce the demand and complexity of the propulsion system. At the end of this Phase 1 proposal a prototype anchor will be developed to TRL 4. A proposed Phase 2 effort would develop a flight-like system and field test it advancing the technology to TRL 6.

Principal Investigator:

David Levitt
Principal Investigator
4152594929
dlevitt@cadtrak.com

Business Contact:

David Levitt
Business Official
4152594929
dlevitt@cadtrak.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Cadtrak Engineering, LLC
31 Santa Barbara Avenue San Anselmo, CA 94960-1653

EIN/Tax ID: 320289290
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No