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Peircing the extraterrestrial surface: Integrated robotic drill for planetary exploration

Gao, Y, Frame, TED and Pitcher, Craig (2015) Peircing the extraterrestrial surface: Integrated robotic drill for planetary exploration IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, 22 (1). pp. 45-53.

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As we explore our solar system and other extraterrestrial bodies, the subsurface plays a vital role in allowing us to peer back into the history of a particular body, looking for life or signs that it may have been habitable. This can be achieved by using a form of drill or penetrator, although traditional technologies require large masses to produce an overhead force (OHF) that pushes the drill into the subsurface. Dual reciprocating drilling (DRD) is a new biologically inspired technology based on the wood wasp ovipositor. It consists of two reciprocating backward-facing teethed halves that generate a drilling force that reduces the required overhead penetration force and mass requirements. The Surrey Space Centre (SSC) has overseen the design, development, and testing of a proof-of-concept model with funding from European Space Agency. The system is now evolving to include a drive mechanism within the drill head and bays for scientific instrumentation.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Electronic Engineering
Authors :
Frame, TED
Date : 12 March 2015
DOI : 10.1109/MRA.2014.2369293
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Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 13:35
Last Modified : 06 Sep 2019 11:37

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