Gear Bearing Transmission for the Lunar Environment

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$96,230.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX07CA80P
Agency Tracking Number:
066786
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
X5.01
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Honeybee Robotics Ltd.
460 W 34th Street, New York, NY, 10001-4236
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
131364820
Principal Investigator:
Jack Wilson
Principal Investigator
(646) 459-7816
wilson@honeybeerobotics.com
Business Contact:
Stephan von Muehlen
Business Official
(646) 459-7856
vonmuehlen@honeybeerobotics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Honeybee Robotics proposes to build upon technology we have previously developed with Goddard Space Flight Center and redesign specifically for the lunar environment a "gear bearing" transmission. We intend to bring this technology to a higher Technology Readiness Level (TRL) for the number of applications imagined for future missions to the lunar poles requiring motors and drive trains ranging from mobility systems, in situ resource utilization (ISRU) machinery, and robotic systems mechanisms. The advantages of this design lend themselves well to spaceflight mechanisms in general and specifically to the extreme conditions at the lunar poles. The high gear reductions possible within a single stage, coupled with the already compact size make gear bearing transmissions ideal for spaceflight hardware where size and weight are at a premium. The relative simplicity, the elimination of traditional bearings in the transmission, and the avoidance of sliding friction altogether have significant advantages in cryogenic and hard vacuum environments where material and lubricant selection are limited.

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