Low Gravity Anchoring System

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$104,141.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX12CD90P
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
115325
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
S5.04
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
31 Santa Barbara Avenue, San Anselmo, CA, 94960-1653
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
830764945
Principal Investigator:
David Levitt
Principal Investigator
(415) 259-4929
dlevitt@cadtrak.com
Business Contact:
David Levitt
Business Official
(415) 259-4929
dlevitt@cadtrak.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
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.

* information listed above is at the time of submission.

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