Experimental study on autonomous burrowing screw robot for subsurface exploration on the moon

Kenji Nagaoka, Takashi Kubota, Masatsugu Otsuki, Satoshi Tanaka

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Abstract

Subsurface exploration on the Moon is a significant mission for future space developments. The authors have studied an autonomous robotic explorer which can burrow into the soils. This paper focuses especially on the excavation mechanism of a burrowing robot for near-future lunar subsurface exploration. The main objective of the proposed robot is to bury a scientific observation instrument, such as a long-term seismometer under the lunar surface, which is covered with very compacted lunar regolith. Therefore, an efficient drilling mechanism is required. In this paper, the authors propose a non-reaction screw drilling mechanism with double rotation, which is called the contra-rotor screw. This paper also evaluates the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposal of a burrowing robotic system through some experimental analyses.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2008 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS
Pages4104-4109
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Dec 1
Event2008 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS - Nice, France
Duration: 2008 Sep 222008 Sep 26

Publication series

Name2008 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS

Other

Other2008 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityNice
Period08/9/2208/9/26

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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