SBIR 95-1 SOLICITATION
A MINIATURE PLANETARY SUBSURFACE SAMPLE ACQUISITION AND SAMPLE TRANSFER SYSTEM
A miniature planetary surface and subsurface sample acquisition
and sample to instrument transfer system is proposed to
facilitate the surface and subsurface acquisition and transfer
of solid phase samples from numerous planetary bodies to in-situ
instruments or sample return canisters. The innovation meets
the specific subtopic interest in low mass and low power surface
and subsurface sampling devices. The objectives of the research
are to analytically support the sample acquisition and sample
transfer system design and to determine the feasibility of the
penetration subsystems. The bulk of the Phase I effort will
focus on penetration subsystem breadboard feasibility testing.
The results anticipated include a positive feasibility
determination for the solid phase material penetration
subsystems and a comprehensive sample acquisition and sample to
instrument transfer system conceptual design. NASA can apply
this innovation to future Discovery type missions to comets,
Mars, the moon, asteroids and other similar planetary bodies.
Analysis of acquired samples will significantly deepen the solid
phase material understanding of targeted planetary bodies.
Additionally, the multiple planetary body applicability of the
system or parts of the system (with modest changes for a
particular body) will reduce mission life cycle costs.
Potential Commercial Applications:
Potential applications for commercial derivatives of the
innovation include: (1) characterizing and safe clean up of
hazardous waste sites, (2) automated agricultural soil
monitoring systems (3) remote area oil and mineral prospecting
and (4) obtaining samples below bodies of water
Name and Address of Offeror:
Honeybee Robotics, Ltd.
204 Elizabeth Street, NY, NY 10012
Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) &
Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) Programs
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
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Hu, Hughes STX.
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Updated: Feb. 7, 1996