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Lunar Ice Discovery Initiative

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The Icebreaker Lunar Ice Discovery Initiative intends to conduct a robotic ground investigation of the southern polar region of the Moon. Searching for water ice and performing geological studies of the lunar south pole that will provide essential information on the presence and distribution of resources necessary to support human habitation and a base for deep-space missions (such as water, fuel and propellant components, and potential construction materials) as well as for fundamental scientific investigation. Icebreaker proposes an academic, commercial and government partnership, to create economical, multi-dimensional missions. to the Moon’s surface.

Icebreaker is a prototype rover to evaluate performance and demonstrate mobility for planetary exploration. Icebreaker is designed to operate on extreme slopes by utilizing plowing, a novel technique to utilize subsurface soil strength. This allows icebreaker to operate at steep angle-of-repose slopes on unconsolidated material with minimal slip.

Displaying 8 Publications
Slip Control During Slope Descent for a Rover with Plowing Capability
Daniel Loret de Mola Lemus

Master's Thesis, Tech. Report, CMU-RI-TR-13-10, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, June, 2013
Plowing for Rover Control on Extreme Slopes
David Kohanbash, Scott Jared Moreland and David Wettergreen

Conference Paper, Field and Service Robotics, July, 2012
Plowing for Rover Control on Extreme Slopes
David Kohanbash

Master's Thesis, Tech. Report, CMU-RI-TR-11-35, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, December, 2011
Design of the Scarab Rover for Mobility and Drilling in the Lunar Cold Traps
Paul Bartlett, David Wettergreen and William (Red) L. Whittaker

Conference Paper, International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space, February, 2008
Plowing for Controlled Steep Crater Descents
Jason Ziglar, David Kohanbash, David Wettergreen and William (Red) L. Whittaker

Conference Paper, International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space (iSAIRAS), February, 2008
Technologies Toward Lunar Crater Exploration
Jason Ziglar, David Kohanbash, David Wettergreen and William (Red) L. Whittaker

Tech. Report, CMU-RI-TR-07-40, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, April, 2007
Automated Surface Mission Planning Considering Terrain, Shadows, Resources and Time
Paul Tompkins, Anthony (Tony) Stentz and William (Red) L. Whittaker

Conference Paper, Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space (i-SAIRAS '01), Montreal, Canada., June, 2001
Icebreaker: An Exploration of the Lunar South Pole
Paul Tompkins and Ashley Stroupe

Conference Paper, Proceedings of the 14th SSI Conference on Space Manufacturing, May, 1999
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