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Boulder Capture System Design Options for the Asteroid Robotic Redirect Mission Alternate Approach Trade StudyThis paper presents a boulder acquisition and asteroid surface interaction electromechanical concept developed for the Asteroid Robotic Redirect Mission (ARRM) option to capture a free standing boulder on the surface of a 100 m or larger Near Earth Asteroid (NEA). It details the down select process and ranking of potential boulder capture methods, the evolution of a simple yet elegant articulating spaceframe, and ongoing risk reduction and concept refinement efforts. The capture system configuration leverages the spaceframe, heritage manipulators, and a new microspine technology to enable the ARRM boulder capture. While at the NEA it enables attenuation of terminal descent velocity, ascent to escape velocity, boulder collection and restraint. After departure from the NEA it enables, robotic inspection, sample caching, and crew Extra Vehicular Activities (EVA).
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Belbin, Scott P.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Merrill, Raymond G.
(NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
February 10, 2015
Publication Date
August 5, 2014
Subject Category
Space Transportation And Safety
Space Sciences (General)
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
AIAA Space 2014(San Diego, CA)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 220933.01.04
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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