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This article presents the evolution of the first-ever robotic DRD-based penetrator for planetary exploration, as it transfers from a proof-of-concept test bench through to a prototype of the system. The architecture that has been selected is an internal actuation mechanism integrated into the drill head, driven by a conventional motor drive and with a(More)
As we explore our solar system and other bodies, access to the subsurface plays a vital role. It allows us to peer back into the history of that body, looking for life or signs that it may have been habitable. In order to gain access to this buried treasure a form of drill or penetrator is required. In a microgravity environment this presents a number of(More)
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