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Robotic Tool for Asteroid Resource Prospecting and Characterization

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX16CK03P
Agency Tracking Number: 150224
Amount: $124,995.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: T4.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-06-10
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-06-09
Small Business Information
2363 Calle Del Mundo
Santa Clara, CA 95054-1008
United States
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Richard Black
 Principal Investigator
 (408) 565-8530
Business Contact
 Behzad Moslehi
Title: Business Official
Phone: (408) 565-9004
Research Institution
 Stanford Mechnical Engineering
 Behzad Moslehi
Building 50, 416 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-2004
United States

 (408) 565-9004
 Domestic Nonprofit Research Organization

Optical fibers are inherently tolerant of cosmic radiation and a wide temperature range, immune to electromagnetic noise and thus solar flares, etc. Embedded fiber sensors can be highly resistant to shock and vibration, hence their usage in the oil drilling industry. IFOS will work with Stanford?s Center for Design Research to develop a robotic prospecting tool with fiber-optic based haptic sensing (dynamic force, vibration, temperature) and capability to detect water, volatiles, metals, and organic compounds. A tool with in-situ analysis capabilities will allow preliminary prospecting to decide what samples are most worthwhile to collect, enabling sampling of a much larger area than one could afford to do otherwise. The prospecting tool will provide a basis for telegeology, where a field geologist can replay haptic display information it gathers. Phase 1 will develop a feasibility prototype with fiber optic haptic and water detection capabilities. Phase 2 will develop a full prototype.

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