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An Automated Sample Processing System for Planetary ExplorationAn Automated Sample Processing System (ASPS) for wet chemistry processing of organic materials on the surface of Mars has been jointly developed by Ball Aerospace and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The mechanism has been built and tested to demonstrate TRL level 4. This paper describes the function of the system, mechanism design, lessons learned, and several challenges that were overcome.
Document ID
20150005997
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Soto, Juancarlos
(Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. Boulder, CO, United States)
Lasnik, James
(Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. Boulder, CO, United States)
Roark, Shane
(Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. Boulder, CO, United States)
Beegle, Luther
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
April 21, 2015
Publication Date
May 16, 2012
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
Instrumentation And Photography
Geophysics
Meeting Information
Meeting: Aerospace Mechanism Symposium
Location: Pasadena, CA
Country: United States
Start Date: May 16, 2012
End Date: May 18, 2012
Sponsors: Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co., NASA Headquarters
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
traditional mechanical components
Automated Sample Processing System (ASPS)
soil sample processing mechanism

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