Autonomous Tethered Corer for Deep Drilling

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNC04CB04C
Agency Tracking Number: 023841
Amount: $600,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2002
Solicitation Topic Code: S4.02
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
8350 Alban Road Suite 700, Springfield, VA, 22150-2336
DUNS: 000000000
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Joram Shenhar
 Principal Investigator
 (703) 440-8834
Business Contact
 Mike Brennan
Title: Business Official
Phone: (703) 440-8834
Research Institution
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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