NanoDrill: 1 Actuator Core Acquisition System

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNX13CK15P
Agency Tracking Number: 124669
Amount: $123,049.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: H6.03
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
 Senior Research Scientist
 (626) 421-7902
 zacny@honeybeerobotics.com
Business Contact
 Jack Craft
Title: Business Official
Phone: (646) 459-7835
Email: craft@honeybeerobotics.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
We propose to design, build and test a 1 kg, single actuator, sample acquisition drill. The drill uses a novel method of core or powder acquisition. The core acquisition bit can be used for either a rock core, icy-soil or loose regolith acquisition. The continued development of robust sample acquisition and handling tools is of critical importance to future robotic and human missions to Mars, the Moon, Asteroids, and other planetary bodies. For these missions, consolidated or unconsolidated core samples (as opposed to, say, scooped regolith or collected drill cuttings) are of particular interest.

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