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Project:  Mars On-orbit Sample Transfer Technologies (MOSTT)
Disciplines:  Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Mentor:  Russell Smith, (JPL), Russell.G.Smith@jpl.nasa.gov, Phone: (818) 354-0157
Background:  The Mars Sample Return (MSR) concept is a three mission campaign to return Mars samples to Earth. The campaign could involve a caching rover to collect samples, a sample retrieval rover to fetch samples and deliver them to Mars orbit, and a Sample Return Orbiter (SRO) to return the samples from Mars orbit to Earth.
Description:  This project focuses on producing a development testbed for the on-orbit capture, contraint, cleaning, and transfer of the Orbital Sample (OS).
References:  http://sites.nationalacademies.org/cs/groups/ssbsite/documents/webpage/ssb_059308.pdf
Student Requirements:  Mechanical design and assembly. Strong CAD skills required, Solidworks desired. Prototyping skills and experience desired. Robotics/electronics experience and familiarity with Arduino/C beneficial. Test design, data collection, and processing.
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: Yes.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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