|Student-Led Project proposed to NASA BIG Idea Challenge|
CableCat: Powering the PSR
Objectives & Technical Approach
- Establish power infrastructure to the Permanently Shadowed Regions (PSRs) on the lunar surface of scientific interest.
- Enable new missions of science robots operating within a PSR by providing a power supply station to allow the robots be 100% self-sufficient.
- Develop an autonomous 2-wheeled spool (rover) to navigate into the desired a PSR, unspooling the power/data cable.
- Design the spool such that it guarantees always in right posture while traveling on uncertain terrain.
|Team Lead||Andrew Barth (PhD Student)|
|Mechanical Design||Changchun Wu, Jiaqi Wang, Junming Shan, Qiyong Yang|
|Lunar Environment||Tim Hammer, Michael Saxer|
|Control, Stabilization||Prithev Govindasamy Srinivasan|
|Prototype Construction||Caleb Bisig|
|Cable Design||Trent Gatz|
|Navigation & Mapping||William Kelly, Michael Burgess, Daniel Shircliff|
|Cameras||Selena Laikos, Vincent Iskander|
|Faculty Advisors||Dr. Ou Ma, Dr. Janet Dong, Dr. Shaaban Abdallah|
- Completed system design and analysis
- Completed a ready-to-build design
- Prototype work on hold due to COVID19 shutdown
- A. Barth, C. Bisig, O. Ma, J. Dong, and S. Abdallah, “CableCat: An Autonomous System to Develop Power and Data Infrastructure on the Moon”, 2020 IFA International Astronautical Congress (IAC), 12-14, Dubai, October , 2020.
- A. Barth, C. Bisig, O. Ma, J. Dong, and S. Abdallah, “Prototype design …”, to be submitted to AIAA ASCEND 2020.