NASA SBIR 2016 Solicitation


PROPOSAL NUMBER: 16-2 H6.01-7532
SUBTOPIC TITLE: Robotic Systems - Mobility, Manipulation, and Human-System Interaction
PROPOSAL TITLE: The Stinger: A Geotechnical Sensing Package for Robotic Scouting on a Small Planetary Rover

SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN (Firm Name, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Honeybee Robotics, Ltd.
Building 3, Suite 1005 63 Flushing Avenue Unit 150
Brooklyn, NY 11205 - 1070
(212) 966-0661

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR/PROJECT MANAGER (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Kris Zacny
398 W Washington Blvd. #200
Pasadena, CA 91103 - 2000
(646) 508-9807

CORPORATE/BUSINESS OFFICIAL (Name, E-mail, Mail Address, City/State/Zip, Phone)
Kristian Mueller
Building 3, Suite 1005 63 Flushing Avenue Unit 150
Brooklyn, NY 11205 - 1070
(626) 421-7902

Estimated Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at beginning and end of contract:
Begin: 4
End: 6

Technology Available (TAV) Subtopics
Robotic Systems - Mobility, Manipulation, and Human-System Interaction is a Technology Available (TAV) subtopic that includes NASA Intellectual Property (IP). Do you plan to use the NASA IP under the award?

TECHNICAL ABSTRACT (Limit 2000 characters, approximately 200 words)
The first lunar soft lander was Surveyor 1, in 1966. It had three tasks, one of which was to determine lunar surface bearing strength. Knowing the strength of the lunar surface was the single most important parameter - this essentially dictated whether landing on the Moon with significant mass like that of the Lunar Module was in fact feasible.

During the Apollo program, astronauts used a Self-Recording Penetrometer (SRP) to measure geotechnical properties of lunar soil. One of the instruments of the 1970 and 1976 Soviet Lunokhold rovers included a shear vane geotechnical tool. Since 1976, there have been no geotechnical instruments deployed on any planetary body. Our intent is to provide a geotechnical tool that will allow us to begin exploration again.

The Apollo penetrometer approach was excellent for greater depths, while the Soviet approach worked well for the near-surface. We combine the two approaches into what we call the Stinger, a percussive shear vane penetrometer capable of measuring near-surface and subsurface soil properties to a depth of 50 cm or greater.

The objectives of Phase I were to design and build a simplified breadboard Stinger GeoTool and test it in lunar and Martian soil simulants to determine its applicability for robotic and human missions. The results of Phase I show not only accuracy and precision in determining soil properties, but also flawless execution of the breadboard design. This paves the way for the Phase II effort.

The primary objective of the proposed Phase II effort is to develop a compact impact shear vane penetrometer - the Stinger - up to TRL5/6 to determine soil physical properties near the surface and down to 50 cm depth.

In conjunction with the instrument development, a soil mechanics model will be formulated based on laboratory tests with the instruments, in soil simulants, and in vacuum conditions.

POTENTIAL NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
Surface rover or ISRU missions: Mars2020 rover, Venus Mobile Explorer (VME), Lunar Resource Prospector. In addition, the tool could be deployed on landers such as Venus In Situ Explorer, Lunar Geophysical Network etc. Stinger could be adapted for Astronaut deployment as well. NASA ISRU and excavation mission would also need to determine soil properties.

POTENTIAL NON-NASA COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS (Limit 1500 characters, approximately 150 words)
The tool can be used by DoD to perform soil strength assessment before landing planes and establishing camps (we are already commercializing a prior SBIR tool with DoD). Market also includes agriculture, road construction, mining (e.g. stability of tailings), and soil remediation.

TECHNOLOGY TAXONOMY MAPPING (NASA's technology taxonomy has been developed by the SBIR-STTR program to disseminate awareness of proposed and awarded R/R&D in the agency. It is a listing of over 100 technologies, sorted into broad categories, of interest to NASA.)
Actuators & Motors
Hardware-in-the-Loop Testing
Models & Simulations (see also Testing & Evaluation)
Pressure & Vacuum Systems
Project Management
Simulation & Modeling

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