Low Gravity Anchoring System

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX12CD90P
Agency Tracking Number: 115325
Amount: $104,141.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: S5.04
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
31 Santa Barbara Avenue, San Anselmo, CA, 94960-1653
DUNS: 830764945
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 David Levitt
 Principal Investigator
 (415) 259-4929
Business Contact
 David Levitt
Title: Business Official
Phone: (415) 259-4929
Email: dlevitt@cadtrak.com
Research Institution
Future sampling missions to the Moon, Mars and Asteroids will likely involve drilling and in-situ analysis from mobile robotic platforms in low gravity. Past sampling systems like the MER and MSL Rovers have used tool body preloading as their method of stabilization. This method puts high demands on the deployment device and becomes less viable as gravity decreases, as with an asteroid sampling mission. This proposal involves the development of an effective low-gravity anchoring system which would decrease the preload requirement and peak reaction forces on the deployment device. And in the case of asteroid or comet sampling it would reduce the demand and complexity of the propulsion system. At the end of this Phase 1 proposal a prototype anchor will be developed to TRL 4. A proposed Phase 2 effort would develop a flight-like system and field test it advancing the technology to TRL 6.

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