Parametric Optimization and Prediction Tool for Excavation and Prospecting Tasks

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX11CB56C
Agency Tracking Number: 094206
Amount: $599,949.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: X6.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
NY, New York, NY, 10001-2320
DUNS: 131364820
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kris Zacny
 Principal Investigator
 (510) 207-4555
Business Contact
 Chris Chapman
Title: President
Phone: (212) 966-0661
Research Institution
Honeybee Robotics therefore proposed to develop a software tool for facilitating prospecting and excavation system trades in support of selecting an optimal architecture for the Moon. The tool could serve as a starting platform for excavation software for Mars or asteroids. The tool will provide engineers with the ability to quickly examine "What if?" scenarios within a trade space by specifying a surface system architecture (e.g. lander or rover based, digging for ice or building burms) and receiving reliable data and graphs evaluating that architecture's performance in terms relevant metrics, such as total energy used or total duration.The proposed software aims to be (a) user friendly, (b) relevant to NASA excavation priorities (xPRP: digging icy regolith for ISRU or LSS: outpost preparation), and (c) accurate for lunar excavation (equations verified by testing in relevant environment and scaled for gravity).

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