Percussive Dynamic Cone Penetrometer for Geotechnical Surface Assessment with a Planetary Rover

Kris Zacny, Terrence W. Fong, Jack Wilson, Susan Y. Lee, Linda Kobayashi, Matthew Deans, Arthur Ashley, and Chris Santoro
NLSI Lunar Science Conference, July, 2008.


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Abstract
The K10 PDCP is a two-axis stand alone system mounted to a NASA Ames K10 rover. The PDCP system includes a percussive drive mechanism, a penetrometer rod and cone, a deployment system, and dedicated lithium-ion battery-powered avionics. The percussive drive mechanism provides the necessary percussive action to the cone required to penetrate soils and measure soil bearing strength.

Keywords
planetary rovers, space exploration, moon, terramechanics

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Text Reference
Kris Zacny, Terrence W. Fong, Jack Wilson, Susan Y. Lee, Linda Kobayashi, Matthew Deans, Arthur Ashley, and Chris Santoro, "Percussive Dynamic Cone Penetrometer for Geotechnical Surface Assessment with a Planetary Rover," NLSI Lunar Science Conference, July, 2008.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Fong_2008_6130,
   author = "Kris Zacny and Terrence W Fong and Jack Wilson and Susan Y. Lee and Linda Kobayashi and Matthew Deans and Arthur Ashley and Chris Santoro",
   title = "Percussive Dynamic Cone Penetrometer for Geotechnical Surface Assessment with a Planetary Rover",
   booktitle = "NLSI Lunar Science Conference",
   month = "July",
   year = "2008",
   number = "2138",
}