Feasibility study of commercial markets for new sample acquisition devices

Collin Brady, Jim Coyne, Sven G. Bilén, Liz Kisenwether, Garry Miller, Robert P. Mueller, Kris Zacny

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) and Penn State technology commercialization project was designed to assist in the maturation of a NASA SBIR Phase III technology. The project was funded by NASA's ESMD Education group with oversight from the Surface Systems Office at NASA Kennedy Space Center in the Engineering Directorate. Two Penn State engineering student interns managed the project with support from Honeybee Robotics and NASA Kennedy Space Center. The objective was to find an opportunity to integrate SBIR-developed Regolith Extractor and Sampling Technology as the payload for the future Lunar Lander or Rover missions. The team was able to identify two potential Google Lunar X Prize organizations with considerable interest in utilizing regolith acquisition and transfer technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2010
PublisherAIAA International
ISBN (Print)9781600869662
StatePublished - 2010
EventAIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2010 - Anaheim, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 30 2010Sep 2 2010

Publication series

NameAIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2010


OtherAIAA SPACE Conference and Exposition 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAnaheim, CA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering


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