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Design and Experimentation of a Rover Concept for Lunar Crater Resource Survey

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posted on 2009-01-01, 00:00 authored by David Wettergreen, Dominic Jonak, David KohanbashDavid Kohanbash, Scott J. Moreland, Spencer Spiker, James Teza, William Whittaker

Scarab is a prospecting rover for lunar missions to survey resources, particularly water ice, in polar craters. It is designed for the deployment of a deep coring drill and for transport of soil analysis instruments. Its chassis can transform to stabilize the drill in contact with the ground and can also adjust to ascend and descent steep slopes of unconsolidated soil. Additional features include a compact body for better thermal regulation, laser scanners for dark navigation, and power system designed for a persistent, low-capacity source. Scarab was prototyped at the Robotics Institute, has undergone mobility testing in soils laboratories and field sites leading up to an integrated system test including the RESOLVE drill and instrument suite at the PISCES lunar analogue site on Mauna Kea in Hawaii




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