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The Experimental Results of the Functional Tests of the Mole Penetrator KRET in Different Regolith Analogues

  • Karol SewerynEmail author
  • Marek Banaszkiewicz
  • Stanisław Bednarz
  • Monika Ciesielska
  • Andrzej Gonet
  • Jerzy Grygorczuk
  • Tomasz Kuciński
  • Tomasz Rybus
  • Mirosław Rzyczniak
  • Roman Wawrzaszek
  • Łukasz Wisniewski
  • Maciej Wójcikowski
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Part of the GeoPlanet: Earth and Planetary Sciences book series (GEPS)

Abstract

Depending on the specific region, the unmanned exploration of the planetary bodies can be divided into three groups: operations above the surface, operations on the surface and operations under the surface. In this chapter we will focus on the operations under the surface, connected with them requirements, available technology and possible output from such research. In this context we will present mole KRET device as a one of the possible solutions for low power consuming device which can be treated as a sub-surface end-effector of a more complicated robotic system. The experimental results of the functional tests of the mole in a 5 m test-bed system will be provided for different regolith analogue. The detailed investigation of lunar analogue will show how the progress of the mole depends on the compaction ratio of the material.

Keywords

Subsurface Layer Parabolic Flight Lunar Regolith Heat Flux Sensor Planetary Body 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

The chapter was supported by ESA PECS project no. 98103.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karol Seweryn
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marek Banaszkiewicz
    • 1
  • Stanisław Bednarz
    • 2
  • Monika Ciesielska
    • 1
  • Andrzej Gonet
    • 2
  • Jerzy Grygorczuk
    • 1
  • Tomasz Kuciński
    • 1
  • Tomasz Rybus
    • 1
  • Mirosław Rzyczniak
    • 2
  • Roman Wawrzaszek
    • 1
  • Łukasz Wisniewski
    • 1
  • Maciej Wójcikowski
    • 2
  1. 1.Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of SciencesWarsawPoland
  2. 2.AGH University of Science and TechnologyKrakowPoland

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