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OUR

PROJECTS

"Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it."

- Niels Bohr

CURRENT

PROJECTS

Autonomous Robotic Demonstrator for Deep Drilling (ARD3)

 

This project's main goal is to rapidly advance Mars deep ice drilling technology. ARD3 is designed to drive up and down the bore hole with flexible tracks that are "squish-fit" against the bore wall. When one unit comes up from the bore, the next can be sent down while the first unit is serviced. The units are nicknamed borebots.

2021 NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Phase I Award Winner

https://www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/niac/2021_Phase_I/Autonomous_Robotic_Demonstrator_for_Deep_Drilling/

Read the white paper here.

 
 
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PAST

PROJECTS

Dynamic Compression Valveless Pulsejet Engine (DCVPE)

 

Our first project was improving a valveless pulsejet engine design to support undersea vehicle integration. This was the world's first attempt at leveraging undersea supercavitation technology with an airbreathing pulsejet propulsion system.

 
Qualification Model Rover Demonstrator for Deep Drilling

 

The QMRD3 open source rover is targeted at the education sector, providing higher-ed institutions with an affordable full-size Curiosity / Perseverance rover platform to use for technology development. For example, our other project (ARD3) leans heavily on this rover platform for functional testing. A high percentage of 3d printed components are used, and the cost to build is around $5000.