Boise State University Undergraduate Microgravity Research
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as part of the Asteroid Redirect Crewed Mission (ARCM) (2) will be conducting an Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) to explore the surface of an asteroid and collect geologic samples. NASA is extending a design challenge to undergraduate research teams to build a prototype float sample grabber which could be used in such a mission. The Boise State University Undergraduate Microgravity Research Team is proposing a tool called the Zero-g Operable Interplanetary Delivery Based ERgonomic Grabber 2.0, (ZOIDBERG 2.0). The tool is able to collect three samples with no cross-contamination, and is compatible with the new Modified Advanced Crew Escape Suit (MACES) (7). ZOIDBERG 2.0 follows a successful though improvable test of the ZOIDBERG 1.0 at the NBL. This year’s goal is to test the next evolution of the ZOIDBERG platform.
Ruby, Christopher; Ruby, Christopher; Kuwada, Jason; Autina, Marina; Chastaine, Zach; Smith, Evan; and Roberts, Melissa, "Boise State University Undergraduate Microgravity Research" (2016). 2016 Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference. Paper 13.