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Autonomous Utility Connector for Lunar Surface Systems

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
90748
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
085326
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
X5
Solicitation Number:
N/A
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: 2010
Title: Autonomous Utility Connector for Lunar Surface Systems
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX10CB09C
Award Amount: $598,547.00
 

Abstract:

Lunar dust has been identified as a significant and present challenge in future exploration missions. Significant development is called for in the area of devices and structures that tolerate or mitigate the presence of lunar dust. Honeybee Robotics seeks to develop a scalable dust-tolerant, autonomous utility connector for lunar surface system applications with a focus on small pressurized rover recharge. Honeybee has heritage in developing mechanisms for extreme, dusty environments. There are many near-term applications of such a connector including: the utility and electrical connections that will be used on the next-generation lunar EVA suit, cryogenic utility connections that will be used to pass liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen during in-situ resource utilization activities, and high-power electrical connectors capable of thousands of cycles for the Lunar Electric Rover (LER) battery recharge and data transfer functions. The Phase I program has resulted in (1) environmental testing of breadboard lunar dust-tolerant alignment features for autonomous utility connections capable of accommodating

Principal Investigator:

Jason Herman
Principal Investigator
6464597819
herman@honeybeerobotics.com

Business Contact:

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

Honeybee Robotics Ltd.
460 W 34th Street New York, NY 10001

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