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

David Wettergreen, Dominic Jonak, David Kohanbash, Scott Jared Moreland, Spencer Spiker, James Teza, and William (Red) L. Whittaker
47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Including The New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition, January, 2009.


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Abstract
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.

Notes
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Field Robotics Center
Associated Project(s): Lunar Rover for Polar Crater Exploration
Number of pages: 8

Text Reference
David Wettergreen, Dominic Jonak, David Kohanbash, Scott Jared Moreland, Spencer Spiker, James Teza, and William (Red) L. Whittaker, "Design and Experimentation of a Rover Concept for Lunar Crater Resource Survey ," 47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Including The New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition, January, 2009.

BibTeX Reference
@inproceedings{Wettergreen_2009_6238,
   author = "David Wettergreen and Dominic Jonak and David Kohanbash and Scott Jared Moreland and Spencer Spiker and James Teza and William (Red) L. Whittaker",
   title = "Design and Experimentation of a Rover Concept for Lunar Crater Resource Survey ",
   booktitle = "47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting Including The New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition",
   month = "January",
   year = "2009",
}