Light Weight Low Force Rotary Percussive Coring Tool for Planetary Applications

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NNC07QA49P
Agency Tracking Number: 066739
Amount: $99,562.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: S1.01
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Alliance Spacesystems, LLC
1250 Lincoln Blvd., Suite 100, Pasadena, CA, 91103-2466
DUNS: 780282039
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott Stanley
 Principal Investigator
 (626) 296-1373
Business Contact
 Scott Stanley
Title: Director, Advanced Programs
Phone: (626) 296-1373
Research Institution
Current science for Mars and lunar exploration demands that fairly small diameter intact rock cores be acquired for geologic evaluation. Tools to acquire these cores must be light weight, draw minimal power, and induce low loads on their robotic platforms. Unfortunately no tools have yet been produced that meet these requirements and produce a viable core. Alliance Spacesystems, LLC produced a rotary percussive drill designed for space use under a NASA-funded Mars Instrument Development Program (MIDP) project – the Low-force Sample Acquisition System (LSAS) – that successfully drilled and acquired samples from a variety of rocks and soils including the hardest anticipated Martian rock (basalt) and frozen soil not only in ambient conditions but also in a thermal/vacuum chamber replicating Mars pressure and extreme temperatures. Alliance now proposes to adapt the design approach to rock coring, using the demonstrated performance and advantages of rotary percussive drilling to solve the problems currently being encountered with the state of the art coring approaches.

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