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Light Weight Low Force Rotary Percussive Coring Tool for Planetary Applications

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
83805
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
066739
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Alliance Spacesystems, LLC
1250 Lincoln Blvd., Suite 100 Pasadena, CA 91103 2466
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: Light Weight Low Force Rotary Percussive Coring Tool for Planetary Applications
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNC07QA49P
Award Amount: $99,561.00
 

Abstract:

Current science for Mars and lunar exploration demands that fairly small diameter intact rock cores be acquired for geologic evaluation. Tools to acquire these cores must be light weight, draw minimal power, and induce low loads on their robotic platforms. Unfortunately no tools have yet been produced that meet these requirements and produce a viable core. Alliance Spacesystems, LLC produced a rotary percussive drill designed for space use under a NASA-funded Mars Instrument Development Program (MIDP) project ? the Low-force Sample Acquisition System (LSAS) ? that successfully drilled and acquired samples from a variety of rocks and soils including the hardest anticipated Martian rock (basalt) and frozen soil not only in ambient conditions but also in a thermal/vacuum chamber replicating Mars pressure and extreme temperatures. Alliance now proposes to adapt the design approach to rock coring, using the demonstrated performance and advantages of rotary percussive drilling to solve the problems currently being encountered with the state of the art coring approaches.

Principal Investigator:

Scott J. Stanley
Principal Investigator
6262961373
sstanley@alliancespacesystems.com

Business Contact:

Scott P. Stanley
Director, Advanced Programs
6262961373
sstanley@alliancespacesystems.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Alliance Spacesystems, LLC
1250 Lincoln Blvd., Suite 100 Pasadena, CA 91103

EIN/Tax ID: 342064873
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No