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Auto-Gopher-II – an Autonomous Wireline Rotary-Hammer Ultrasonic Drill

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dc.contributor.author Badescu, Mircea
dc.contributor.author Lee, Hyeong Jae
dc.contributor.author Sherrit, Stewart
dc.contributor.author Bao, Xiaoqi
dc.contributor.author Bar-Cohen, Yoseph
dc.contributor.author Jackson, Shannon
dc.contributor.author Chesin, Jacob
dc.contributor.author Zacny, Kris
dc.contributor.author Paulsen, Gale
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-12T17:35:17Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-12T17:35:17Z
dc.date.issued 2017-03-26
dc.identifier.citation 2017 SPIE Smart Structures and Materials/NDE Symposium, Portland, Oregon, March 25-29, 2017 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno CL#17-0972
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/46252
dc.description.abstract Developing technologies that would enable future NASA exploration missions to penetrate deeper into the subsurface of planetary bodies for sample collection is of great importance. Performing these tasks while using minimal mass/volume systems and with low energy consumption is another set of requirements imposed on such technologies. A deep drill, called Auto-Gopher II, is currently being developed as a joint effort between JPL’s NDEAA laboratory and Honeybee Robotics Corp. The Auto-Gopher II is a wireline rotary-hammer drill that combines formation breaking by hammering using an ultrasonic actuator and cuttings removal by rotating a fluted auger bit. The hammering mechanism is based on the Ultrasonic/Sonic Drill/Corer (USDC) mechanism that has been developed as an adaptable tool for many drilling and coring applications. The USDC uses an intermediate free-flying mass to transform high frequency vibrations of a piezoelectric transducer horn tip into sonic hammering of the drill bit. The USDC concept was used in a previous task to develop an Ultrasonic/Sonic Ice Gopher and then integrated into a rotary hammer device to develop the Auto-Gopher-I. The lessons learned from these developments are being integrated into the development of the Auto-Gopher-II, an autonomous deep wireline drill with integrated cuttings and sample management and drive electronics. Subsystems of the wireline drill are being developed in parallel at JPL and Honeybee Robotics Ltd. This paper presents the development efforts of the piezoelectric actuator, cuttings removal and retention flutes and drive electronics. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2017 en_US
dc.title Auto-Gopher-II – an Autonomous Wireline Rotary-Hammer Ultrasonic Drill en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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