Impact-Actuated Digging Tool for Lunar Excavation

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,554.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX09CE73P
Award Id:
90770
Agency Tracking Number:
085433
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
460 W 34th Street, New York, NY, 10001
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
131364820
Principal Investigator:
Kris Zacny
Principal Investigator
(646) 459-7836
zacny@honeybeerobotics.com
Business Contact:
Chris Chapman
Business Official
(646) 459-7802
chapman@honeybeerobotics.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Honeybee Robotics proposes to develop a vacuum compatible, impact-actuated digging tool for the excavation of frozen and compacted regolith on the lunar surface and in the permanently shadowed craters of the lunar poles. This technology development effort will address the most challenging aspects of excavation in the lunar environment and work to develop a design relevant to a range of future lunar missions. This effort will also serve to guide and inform the requirements for the vehicles and systems that will be necessary for such missions. The fundamental architecture of an impact-actuated digging tool has been demonstrated for terrestrial applications for the Department of Defense. Honeybee's digging tool design is a novel approach ideally suited for lunar applications to defeat compacted and frozen regolith. By using the impact energy imparted by a reciprocating hammer transferred through the scoop to defeat the target material, the need for large reaction loads from the vehicle is minimized, allowing for a much smaller, lower mass system. This ongoing effort will serve to instruct and maximize the benefit to NASA.

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