ROPEC - ROtary PErcussive Coring Drill for Mars Sample ReturnThe ROtary Percussive Coring Drill is a light weight, flight-like, five-actuator drilling system prototype designed to acquire core material from rock targets for the purposes of Mars Sample Return. In addition to producing rock cores for sample caching, the ROPEC drill can be integrated with a number of end effectors to perform functions such as rock surface abrasion, dust and debris removal, powder and regolith acquisition, and viewing of potential cores prior to caching. The ROPEC drill and its suite of end effectors have been demonstrated with a five degree of freedom Robotic Arm mounted to a mobility system with a prototype sample cache and bit storage station.
Chu, Philip (Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corp. United States)
Spring, Justin (Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corp. United States)
Zacny, Kris (Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corp. United States)
April 2, 2015
May 1, 2014
Publication: The 42nd Aerospace Mechanism Symposium
Mechanical EngineeringLunar and Planetary Science and Exploration