Hypothesized Surface: Returning Samples – Penn State Behrend


Penn State Behrend


Copper Class (2021 – 2022)


Thomas Zbezinski, Mechanical Engineering
Easton Hooks, Mechanical Engineering
Colton M. Hervatin, Mechanical Engineering
Jacob Sampsell, Mechanical Engineering


Dr. Charlotte de Vries, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Penn State Behrend
Prof. Brian Lani, Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering, Penn State Behrend
Dr. Baiou Shi, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Penn State Behrend


To design a future sample containment vessel that is economical, that can survive extreme environments on the asteroid Psyche, and protect the integrity of the sample.

This work was created in partial fulfillment of Penn State Behrend Capstone Course “ME448”. The work is a result of the Psyche Student Collaborations component of NASA’s Psyche Mission (https://psyche.asu.edu). “Psyche: A Journey to a Metal World” [Contract number NNM16AA09C] is part of the NASA Discovery Program mission to solar system targets. Trade names and trademarks of ASU and NASA are used in this work for identification only. Their usage does not constitute an official endorsement, either expressed or implied, by Arizona State University or National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of ASU or NASA.