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Borebots: Tetherless Deep Drilling into the Mars South Polar Layered Deposits

Updated: Jan 14

Autonomous Robotic Demonstrator for Deep Drilling (ARD3) NIAC Phase I study.


James Vaughan Photo https://www.jamesvaughanphoto.com/
James Vaughan Photo https://www.jamesvaughanphoto.com/

Deep drilling is one of the single-most important technologies of 21st century space exploration. From subsurface ocean exploration on Europa, to prospecting for water ice in the lunar permanently-shadowed regions, key secrets of the solar system are waiting for us to mature this crucial technology. This NIAC concept aims to drill deep into the South Polar Layered Deposits (SPLD) of Mars to search for life and liquid water beneath the polar ice. To do this, we’ve developed a novel approach to drilling which uses self-driving drilling robots called borebots. Each borebot drives up and down the borehole, performing drilling activities autonomously as part of a team.


NIAC Phase I Final Report (1/10/22):

https://git.io/J9nhR


Mars Society Convention Video Presentation (10/14/21):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpJaufQcgPM


Mars Society Convention Slides:

Slides only (no notes): https://git.io/JP2Zw

Slides with notes: https://git.io/JP2Zj


Mars Society Convention Paper (11/10/21):

Borebots: Unlocking Subglacial Lake Access in the Mars South Polar Layered Deposits

https://git.io/JXSXp


Github repository (for release, license, and archival purposes): https://github.com/Shootquinn/ARD3


This project has been in the public domain since 2018. Derivatives are encouraged.


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