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Symposium 2

Exploration and Utilization of Extra-Terrestrial Bodies

Co-Chairs: Robert P. Mueller, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL; and Kris Zacny, Ph.D., Honeybee Robotics, Altadena, CA

This topic will focus on methodologies, techniques, instruments, concepts, missions and system level designs associated with exploration and utilization of Solar System bodies, with emphasis on the Moon, Mars, Ocean Worlds, and Asteroids. The topic covers both robotic and human exploration. Many of the various types of civil, geological, mining, chemical and materials engineering fields are needed to sustain space exploration and space commercialization. The topic also covers legal and ethical aspects of space exploration and space mining.

Standard practices will have to be adapted, and new practices will have to be developed, to be able to rely on the natural resources of near-Earth asteroids, the Moon, and Mars to sustain human and robotic activities in space. Engineering systems and economics concepts, as well as mechanical, robotic, and structural engineering solutions are needed as well. While there is always room for robust and innovative new concepts, the testing, refining, and more testing of previously proposed concepts are especially sought.


List of Presentations

Wednesday, April 21 | 1:20 - 2:50 pm | WA

Enabling Space Exploration
Chairs:  Robert Mueller, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL; and Robert Moses, Ph.D, NASA Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA 

  • Analog Field Sites on Hawai'i Island - Author:  Rodrigo RomoDirector, Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES); Christian Andersen; Kyla Edison; Michaela Musilova

  • From Concept to Reality: Research Opportunities on Blue Origin Space Platforms - Authors: Erika Wagner, Payload Sales Director, Customer Experience; A.C. Charania, Business Development Director, Customer Engagement and Capture; and David A. Kornuta, Advanced Concepts - Systems Engineer, Blue Origin

  • NASA KSC Swamp Works: Methodology and Technology Development Summary - Author: Robert P. Mueller, M.ASCE, MSSE, Senior Aerospace Technologist, NASA Kennedy Space Center 

  • Development of an Integrated Vision System (IVS) for Characterization of the Lunar surface - Authors:  Eric Pilles, Ph.D.Postdoctoral Fellow; Gordon Osinski, Ph.D., Professor; Aref Bakhtazad, Ph.D., Research Associate; Jayshri Sabarinathan, Ph.D., Professor; and Livio Tornabene, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Western Institute for Earth and Space Exploration, University of Western Ontario

  • Pneumatic Base Excavation Systems for Space Exploration - Author:  Kris Zacny

  • ISRU Pilot Excavator Update - Author: Jason Schuler


Wednesday, April 21 | 3:00 - 4:30 pm | WB

Space Mining and Drilling
Chairs:  Andrew Nick, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL; and Zach Mank, Honeybee Robotics, Altadena, CA

  • The Icebreaker Sample Acquisition System - Authors: Brian J. Glass, Research Group Lead; Chris McKay, Senior Scientist; Sarah J. Seitz, Remote Sites Analyst; and Carol Stoker,Scientist, NASA - Ames Research Center; Bryn Asher, Project Manager, SSL - Maxar; Dean Bergman, Ph.D., Director, Business Development, Honeybee Robotics; Jennifer Eigenbrode, Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Thomas Stucky, Software Engineer, SETI Institute; V. Parro

  • DEEPER: The Drill for Extensive Exploration of Planetary Environments using Robots - Authors: Ryan Timoney, Ph.D.Research Associate; Patrick Harkness, Ph.D., Reader; and Kevin Worrall, Ph.D., Lecturer, University of Glasgow; Andrew Dixon, M.Sc., Director, Apogee Engineering Ltd; Julius Rix, Ph.D., Drilling Engineer, British Antarctic Survey; Colin Souza

  • Ultrasonically Assisted Blade Technologies for Lunar Excavation - Authors: Erin Rezich, Aerospace Engineer; Kerri A. Harrigan, Student Researcher; Damian Ludwiczak, MS, Mechanisms and Tribology Branch Chief; and Fransua Thomas, Research Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center

  • Granular Flow Characterization During Sampling Operation for Enceladus Surface Acquisition - Authors: Dario Riccobono, MS, Politecnico di Torino; NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Paul Backes, Ph.D., Group Supervisor; and Scott Jared Moreland, Ph.D., Robotics Mechanical Engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Giancarlo Genta, Professor, Politecnico di Torino

  • NASA Lunabotics Robotic Mining Competition 10TH Anniversary (2010 – 2019): Taxonomy and Technology Review - Authors: Robert Mueller, M.ASCE, MSSE, Senior Aerospace Technologist, NASA Kennedy Space Center; Paul J. van Susante, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Michigan Technological University; Eric Reiners; Philip T. Metzger

  • Study and Analysis of a Gearless Mechanical Transmission - Author:  Arun Malla, MS, Graduate Student, Virginia Polytechnic Institute   


Thursday, April 22 | 12:40 - 2:10 pm | TA

Nature and Bio-Inspired from Human Space Exploration
Chairs:  Andrew Trunek, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH; and Kris Zacny, Ph.D., Honeybee Robotics, Altadena, CA

  • Surviving and Thriving in Space and on Earth's Oceans - Human Logistics and Sustainability Comparisons and Considerations - Authors: Robert Mueller, M.ASCE, MSSE, Senior Aerospace Technologist, NASA Kennedy Space Center; Kalepa Baybayan, Master Star Navigator and Captain of the Hokulea, 'Imiloa Astronomy Center; John Hamilton, M.Sc., Faculty, University of Hawaii

  • Massless Exploration – Humans as a Solar System Species - Authors: Vikram Shyam,  Research Aerospace Engineer; Geoffrey Landis, Research Scientist; Bryan Palaszewski, M.S.M.E., Research Engineer; and Andrew J. Trunek, Research Physicist, NASA Glenn Research Center; Anita Alexander, NASA, retired

  • Lunar Agriculture: Farming for the Future - Authors:  Garrett Michael Turner, P.E., M.ASCEStudent; Natasha Alexandrou, Student; Sian Keys, Student; Adrian Kougianos, Student; Ana-Maria Neculaescu, Student; Hareesh Ravindran M.Tech., Student; Oscar Federico Rosas, Student; Weijian Sun, Student; and Vienna Tran, Student, International Space University’s Southern Hemisphere Space Studies; Mike Hawkey

  • Lunar Underground Mining and Ventilation Requirements - Authors: Akash Adhikari, Ph.D. Student; Ankit Jha, Ph.D Student; Purushotham Tukkaraja, Ph.D.,  Associate Professor; and Alex J. Verburg, Summer Intern, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; Srivatsan J S, Ph.D. Student, IIT Kharagpur


Thursday, April 22 | 2:20 - 3:50 pm | TB

Mining on the Moon and Mars - Space Mining
Chairs:  Robert Mueller, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL; and Purushotham Tukkaraja, Ph.D., South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, SD

  • HYDRATION: Mining Water Ice on the Moon and Mars Using Downhole Radiative Heating - Authors: George Lordos, MBA, SM, Ph.D. Candidate, Andrew Adams, Graduate Student; Mohsen Alowayed, Graduate Student; Roland de Filippi, Graduate Student; Jeffrey Hoffman, Professor of the Practice of Aerospace Engineering; Amy Vanderhout, Graduate Student; and Olivier de Weck, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ryohei Takahashi,Graduate Student, University of Tokyo

  • RedWater: A RodWell System to Extract Water from Martian Ice Deposits - Authors: Zach Mank, Engineering Manager; Ben Bradley Mechanical Engineer; Michael Buchbinder, Mechanical Engineer; Dara Sabahi, Chief Engineer;  Luke Sanasarian, Mechanical Engineer; Joey Sparta, Mechanical Engineer; Leo Stolov, Mechanical Engineer; and Kris Zacny, Ph.D., Vice President, Honeybee Robotics; P. J. van Susante; N. Putzig; B. H. Wilcox; J. Kleinhenz

  • Water Extraction From Rock Gypsum on Mars - Authors: Paul Van Susante, Ph.D., M.ASCE, Assistant Professor; Jeffrey Allen Ph.D., Professor; Timothy Eisele, Ph.D., Associate Professor; Michael Foetish, M.S., PhD Candidate; and Ezequiel Medici, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Michigan Technological University; Zachary Fitzgerald, Mechanical Engineer; and Kris Zacny, Ph.D., Vice President, Honeybee Robotics

  • Practical and Economic Rocket Mining of Lunar Ice - Authors:  Matthew Kuhns, B.S., EIT, NIAC FellowChief Engineer; and Roger Kuhns, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, Masten Space Systems; Philip T. Metzger, Ph.D., Planetary Scientist, University of Central Florida; Noah Rhys, Ph.D., President, Yetispace; Kris Zacny, Ph.D., Vice President, Honeybee Robotics

  • Experimental Investigations of Water Extraction Process Within Permanently Shadowed Regions of the Moon - Author: T. Gordon Wasilewski, M.Sc., Ph.D. candidate, Space Research Centre PAS

  • Planetary Volatiles Extractor for Prospecting and In Situ Resource Utilization - Authors: Kris Zacny, Ph.D., Vice President; Phillip Morrison, Systems Engineer; and Vincent Vendiola, Honeybee Robotics; Aaron Paz, NASA


Thursday, April 22 | 4:00 - 5:30 pm | TC

Ocean Worlds
Chairs:  Yosi Bar-Cohen, Ph.D., NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA; and Steve Vance, Ph.D., NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

  • Acoustic Communication in Ice Crust for Ocean Accessing Probes -  Authors: Xiaoqi Bao, Ph.D., Senior Technical staff; Mircea Badescu, Ph.D., Scientist; Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Ph.D., Scientist; Hyeong Jae Lee, Ph.D., Scientist; Shyh-shiuh Lih, Ph.D., Senior Technical staff; and Stewart Sherrit, Ph.D., Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • Elastic Wave Analyzer for Icy Sub-Surfaces (EWAIS) in the Solar System - Authors: Yoseph Bar-Cohen, Ph.D., Scientist; Mircea Badescu, Ph.D., Scientist; Xiaoqi Bao, Ph.D., Senior Technical staff; Kevin P. Hand, Ph.D., Scientist; Hyeong Jae Lee, Ph.D., Scientist; Brandon Metz, Engineer; Mark P. Panning, Ph.D., Scientist; Stewart Sherrit, Ph.D., Scientist; and Steve Vance, Ph.D., Group Supervisor, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

  • Ocean Energy for Ocean Worlds - Author: Robert Cavagnaro, Ph.D., Earth Scientist; and Andrea Copping, Project Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; William McShane, Technology Manager; Tyler Rohr, Knauss Fellow; Carrie Schmaus, Marine Science Analyst and Interagency Coordinator; and Heather Spence, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, US DOE Water Power Technologies Office

  • An Autonomy Software Testbed Simulation for Ocean Worlds Missions - Authors: Laurence Edwards, Ph,D., Computer Scientist; Damiana Catanoso; Michael Dalal, Ph.D., Computer Scientist; Chetan Kulkarni, Ph.D., Research Scientist; Arno Rogg, KBR Robotics Engineer; Antoine Tardy, Roboticist; Orkan Umurhan, Ph.D., Senior Scientist; Terence Welsh, Computer Engineer; and Uland Wong, Ph.D., Research Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center; Thomas Stucky, Software Engineer, SETI Institute

  • CITADEL: An Icy World Simulation Environment for Sampling Development - Authors: Kristopher KriechbaumMechatronics Engineer; Grayson Adams, Mechatronics Engineer; and Thomas Green, Systems Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Alex Brinkman; Brendan Chamberlain-Simon; Daniel Neamati; Lori Shiraishi; Eric Roberts; David Kim; Chris Sercel; Daniel Berisford; Taku Daimaru; Jay Jasper; Kevin Hand

  • Development of a Lander Autonomy Testbed for Ocean Worlds Missions - Author: Hari Nayar, Sc.D., Group Supervisor, NASA JPL/California Institute of Technology; A. Goell A. Boettcher; M. Hans; J. Sawoniewicz; A. Gaut; S. Higa; H. Ono;  A. Jain; C. Lim; I. Nesnas; R. Ma;  M. Thomsen


Friday, April 23 | 11:50 - 1:20 pm | FA

Resource Prospecting
Chairs:  Paul van Susante, Ph.D., Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI; and Anthony Colaprete, Ph.D., NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

  • LUVMI-X: A Versatile Platform for Resource Prospecting on the Moon - Authors: Janos Biswas, M.Sc., Researcher; and Martin J. Losekamm, M.Sc., Researcher, Technical University of Munich; Jeremi Gancet, Ph.D., Research Division Manager, and Diego Urbina, M.Sc., System Architect, Space Applications Services NV/SA; Neil Murray, CEO, Dynamic Imaging Analytics; Joerg Neumann, Head of Laser Development Department, Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.; Lutz Richter, Ph.D., Project Manager, OHB System AG; Susanne Schroeder, Researcher, German Aerospace Center (DLR); Simon Sheridan, Ph.D., Research Fellow, Open University; S. Barber; T. Chupin; A. Evagora; G. Fau; D. Fodorcan; H. K. Madakashira; T. Pöschl; M. Reganaz; J. Schwanethal, S. Sheridan, D. Vogt, and P. Wessels

  • Ice Prospecting on the Moon at Mining Scales - Authors: Kevin Cannon, Ph.D., Postdoc; and Daniel Britt, Ph.D., Professor, University of Central Florida; Daniel T. Britt

  • Resource Mapping in Extreme Environments - Authors: Sang Choi, Ph.D., Senior Scientist; and Robert W. Moses, Ph.D., Aerospace Technologist, NASA Langley Research Center

  • Using a Pattern recognition algorithm to characterize Cryogenic Lunar Regolith - Authors: Deep R. JoshiPh.D. Candidate; Christopher Dreyer, Assistant Research Professor; Alfred W. Eustes, III, Associate Professor; and Jamal Rostami, Associate Professor, Colorado School of Mines; Steve Nieczkoski, Co-founder and CEO/CTO, Thermal Space Ltd

  • The LUVMI Volatile Sampler and Volatiles Analyser for In-Situ ISRU Prospecting - Authors: Simon Sheridan, Ph.D., Research Fellow; and Simeon J. Barber, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, Open University; Janos Biswas, M.Sc., Researcher; and Philipp Reiss, Research Fellow, Technical University of Munich; Mattia Reganaz, Mechanical Eng.; and Lutz Richter, Ph.D., Project Manager, OHB System AG; C. Pitcher; J. Schwanethal

  • Remote characterization of asteroid regolith with active spectroscopy - Authors: Leonard D. VancePhD. Student; and Jekan Thangavelautham, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Arizona; Yinan Xu


Friday, April 23 | 1:40 - 3:00 pm | FBi

In Situ Resource Utilization
Chairs:  Hunter Williams, Honeybee Robotics, Longmont, CO; and Nathan Gelino, NASA Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, FL

  • Development and Testing of Prototype Sabatier Reactor for Martian In-Situ Propellant Production - Authors: Yash Adnani, Project Manager; Garnet Butcher, Captain; Sherrisse Chu, Mechanical Team Lead; Francis D. Mayer, Chemical Team Lead;  Omar Qazi, Electrical Team Lead; Dagan Schoen, Mechanical Team Lead; and Andrew Zlindra, Mechanical Team Lead, UBC Mars Colony; Jonah Shapiro; Thomas Richmond; Noah Caleanu

  • A framework for Lunar Resource Extraction Site Investigations: The Current State and Needs of the Industry - Authors: Evan Butler-JonesDirector, Applications Engineering Equispheres and Graduate Student; Hunter A. Danque, Geophysicist and Graduate Student; Jeffery Hinton, Sr. Software Engineer Lockheed Martin Space and Graduate Student; Eric C. Luken, Geologist and Graduate Student; and John M. Sangree, Guidance Navigation and Control Flight Controller / Instructor, NASA and Graduate Student, Colorado School of Mines

  • Integrated Sensing and Earthmoving Vehicle for Landing Pad Construction - Authors: Volker Nannen, Ph.D., Scientific Director; and Damia Bover Trobat, Inventor,; Dieter Zöbel

  • Bootstrapping a Scalable Power Infrastructure for Lunar Mining - Authors: Ross Centers, Graduate Student; David Dickson, M.S., Graduate Student; and Joshua Schertz, Graduate Student, Colorado School of Mines; Philipp Gläser, Ph.D., Research Scientist, TU Berlin

  • Sporobolus Airoides as a Pioneer Plant for Lunar Regolith - Authors: Christopher P. Rickard, Student; and Robert F. Bode, Assistant Professor of Biology, Saint Martin's University; Vincent Roux, Masters Candidate, Mechanical Engineering, Lead Researcher, Off Planet Research, LLC and Saint Martin's University



Friday, April 23 | 1:40 - 3:00 pm | FBii

Robotic Mobility in Extreme Terrain
Chairs:  Paul van Susante, Ph.D., Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI; and Colin Creager, NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH

  • Exobiology Extant Life Surveyor (EELS) - Authors: Kalind Carpenter, MS, Robotics Engineer; Poyan Bahrami, Mechanical Engineer; Morgan Cable, Scientist; Nikola Georgiev, Robotics Engineer; Bill Nesmith, Systems Engineer; Masahiro Ono, Robotics Engineer; and Luis Tosi, Robotics Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology; Hamid Marvi, Professor; and Andrew Thosen, Ph.D. Researcher, Arizona State University; Darwin Mick; Justin Martia; Karl Mitchell; Sarah Hovsepian; Jay Jasper; Rohan Thakker; Ara Kourchians; Brian Wilcox; Michael Yip; Hamid Marvi

  • Lunar Rover Optimization Platform for Wheel Traction Studies - Authors: Stephen Gerdts, MA, Mechanical Research Engineer; John Breckenridge, Mechanical Research Engineer; and Kyle Johnson, Research Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center

  • High-Speed Dynamic Response for Lunar Rovers - Authors: Kyle Johnson, Research Engineer; and Colin Creager, Research Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center

  • Interlocking Spikes for Extreme Mobility - Authors: Volker Nannen, Ph.D., Scientific Director; and Damia Bover Trobat, Inventor, SEDEWA

  • Providing Wired Power and Data in Lunar Permanently Shadowed Regions with a Rover-deployed Superconducting Tether - Authors:  Marcello Guadagno, Ph.D Student, Michigan Technological University; and Paul van Susante. Ph.D, Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering


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