Experimental Study of Underground Exploration by Auger Boring on a Mars Rover

by Masaki Kojima, Nishimatsu Construction Co Ltd, Kanagawa, Japan,
Kenji Saitou, Nishimatsu Construction Co Ltd, Kanagawa, Japan,
Yutaka Kaneko, Nishimatsu Construction Co Ltd, Kanagawa, Japan,
Nobuki Kawashima, Nishimatsu Construction Co Ltd, Kanagawa, Japan,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space III

Abstract: A system study was conducted on the possibility of exploring Mars using a Mars Rover, and particular efforts were focused on the underground exploration of Mars by an auger boring machine. An engineering model was constructed and a boring test was conducted using a simulated Mars soil. It was revealed that the auger boring machine works properly and can sample the soil with a vertical resolution better than 20 cm.

Subject Headings: Space exploration | Aircraft and spacecraft | Boring | Equipment and machinery | Model tests | Simulation models | Soil tests | Mars

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