Autonomous burrowing robot for lunar subsurface exploration

Takashi Kubota, Kenji Nagaoka, Masatsugu Otsuki, Satoshi Tanaka

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Abstract

In the future lunar exploration missions, global information respect to the origin, the internal structure, and the chemical components is important from the viewpoint of solar exploration. Any system burying the seismometer in the lunar soil is required in order to retain the temperature and improve the coupling with the soil. The authors propose a small burrowing robot for burying it in the lunar soil. In this paper, firstly the authors explain some requirements for the lunar robotic system and discuss the comparison with the other planetary excavation systems. Then the authors present the strategy for subsurface propulsion. Based on the analysis, the authors propose a new type screw drilling mechanism for a burrowing subsurface robot. Through some experiments and theory analysis, the authors evaluate the performances of the proposed system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Astronautical Federation - 59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008
Pages1176-1183
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1
Event59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 2008 Sep 292008 Oct 3

Publication series

NameInternational Astronautical Federation - 59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008
Volume2

Other

Other59th International Astronautical Congress 2008, IAC 2008
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period08/9/2908/10/3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

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