Percussive digging systems for planetary research


A percussive digging system has been demonstrated to decrease the amount of downforce needed to penetrate a given soil, thus reducing the required reaction loads and robot mass. Preliminary testing of a percussive digging system in compacted lunar regolith simulant, JSC-1A, has demonstrated a 15x (fifteen times) reduction in the downforce necessary to… (More)

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@article{Craft2010PercussiveDS, title={Percussive digging systems for planetary research}, author={Jack Craft and J S Wilson and P Chu and Kris A Zacny and Kristine Davis}, journal={IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine}, year={2010}, volume={25}, pages={21-26} }