Boise State University Undergraduate Microgravity Research

Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date

April 2016

Faculty Sponsor

Gus Engstrom


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.

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