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An ultrasonic sampler and sensor platform for in-situ astrobiological exploration

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dc.contributor.author Bar-Cohen, Yoseph
dc.contributor.author Bao, X.
dc.contributor.author Chang, Z.
dc.contributor.author Sherrit, S.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-04-08T18:17:30Z
dc.date.available 2009-04-08T18:17:30Z
dc.date.issued 2003-03-03
dc.identifier.citation Proceedings ofthe SPIE Smart Structures and Materials Symposium, San Diego, California, March 3-6, 2003 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 03-0286
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/41159
dc.description.abstract The search for existing or past life in the Universe is one of the most important objectives of NASA's mission. In support of this objective, ultrasonic based mechanisms are currently being developed at JPL to allow probing and sampling rocks as well as perform as a sensor platfonn for in-situ astrobiological analysis. The technology is based on the novel Ultrasonic/Sonic Driller/Corer (USDC), which requires low axial force, thereby overcoming one of the major limitations of planetary sampling in low gravity using conventional drills. The USDC was demonstrated to: 1) drill ice and various rocks including granite, diorite, basalt and limestone, 2) not require bit sharpening, and 3) operate at high and low temperatures. The capabilities that are being investigated including probing the ground to select sampling sites, collecting various fonns of samples, and hosting sensors for measuring chemical/physical properties. A series of modifications of the USDC basic configuration were implemented leading an ultrasonic abrasion tool (URAT), Ultrasonic Gopher for deep Drilling, and the lab-on-a-drill. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher SPIE - International Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, 2003. en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries SPIE en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 5056-55 en_US
dc.subject robotics en_US
dc.subject artificial muscles en_US
dc.subject biomimetics en_US
dc.title An ultrasonic sampler and sensor platform for in-situ astrobiological exploration en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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