Hypothesized Surface: Returning Samples – UT Tyler


University of Texas at Tyler


Copper Class (2021 – 2022)


Abel Noel Molano Jr., Mechanical Engineering
Anthony Nader, Mechanical Engineering
Chidera Okonkwo, Mechanical Engineering
Michael Peterson, Mechanical Engineering
Jing Yang, Mechanical Engineering


Dr. Hussain Rizvi, Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering, UT Tyler (Houston Engineering Center)


The purpose is to design a system that picks up the cached sample and stores it in a safe containment. The goal is to preserve the integrity of the samples coming from the range of the hypothesized surface material of the Psyche.

This work was created in partial fulfillment of The University of Texas at Tyler Capstone Course “MENG 4216”. 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.