Ultrasonic Planetary Core Drill: Overview and Results from Field Trial

Worrall, K., Timoney, R., Harkness, P., Li, X. and Lucas, M. (2017) Ultrasonic Planetary Core Drill: Overview and Results from Field Trial. 14th Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies in Robotics and Automation, Leiden, The Netherlands, 20-22 Jun 2017.

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Abstract

In the effort to explore the subsurface of terrestrial bodies, we seek to obtain better samples from ever greater depths. Many organisations are working towards technologies that can achieve this goal whilst ensuring compatibility with the likely requirements of planetary landers in terms of mass, power, and dimensions. The Ultrasonic Planetary Core Drill (UPCD) was an FP7 funded project which aimed to develop such a planetary sub-surface sample acquisition system, developing the required drill hardware and testing it in a Mars analogue environment in Antarctica. The objective was to reach 30cm and containerise the samples using the least possible power, while operating at low weight-on-bit. This has been broadly achieved within a conceptually-deployable package.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Status:Published
Refereed:No
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Worrall, Dr Kevin and TIMONEY, RYAN and Lucas, Professor Margaret and Harkness, Dr Patrick and Li, Dr Xuan
Authors: Worrall, K., Timoney, R., Harkness, P., Li, X., and Lucas, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Research Group:MIU
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in 14th Symposium on Advanced Space Technologies in Robotics and Automation 2017
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
615721Ultrasonic Planetary Core Drill (UPCD)Patrick HarknessEuropean Commission (EC)607015ENG - ENGINEERING SYSTEMS POWER & ENERGY