Autonomous Tethered Corer for Deep Drilling

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$600,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNC04CB04C
Agency Tracking Number:
023841
Solicitation Year:
2002
Solicitation Topic Code:
S4.02
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
UTD Incorporated
8350 Alban Road Suite 700, Springfield, VA, 22150-2336
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
000000000
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Joram Shenhar
Principal Investigator
(703) 440-8834
jshenhar@utdinc.com
Business Contact:
Mike Brennan
Business Official
(703) 440-8834
mbrennan@utdinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
UTD proposes to develop a lightweight, tethered autonomous small diameter core drill capable of reaching 10 and even 200 m in depth. The proposed approach is consistent with the planetary protection requirements and can be used to extract intact and tailings samples for biological and geological research on Mars. While the proposed drill is optimized for Mars environment, it can be used on other celestial bodies. The main advantage of the autonomous core drill and the emphasis of the proposed research are mass saving due to the bracing, deployment, and retrieval systems that are lighter, less complex, and have smaller launch envelope than currently proposed drive stem drills powered from the surface. The latter approach is limited to depths around 10 m since its efficiency drops precipitously with depth. The proposed system should fit the envelope of 40 kg and 200-300 watt-hrs per meter advance in medium hardness rock formations.

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