Hypothesized Surface: Sampling System – MSU
Michigan State University
Copper Class (Fall 2021)
Jack Sikkema, Mechanical Engineering
Suhail Turkistani, Mechanical Engineering
Daniel Blondell, Mechanical Engineering
Ethan Curtiss, Mechanical Engineering
Michael Wichman, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Ranjan Mukherjee, Professor, College of Engineering, MSU
The NASA Psyche Mission is set to launch in 2022 and arrive at the asteroid in 2026. It is an orbiter mission and will not land on the surface. It is possible to imagine, however, that after learning about Psyche from orbit, there may be scientists and engineers interested in proposing a subsequent mission to actually land on the asteroid.
Designing to the range of hypothesized surfaces and terrain that might be found at Psyche (and keeping in mind other constraints such as its gravity), the team designed a sampling system capable of extracting and storing cylindrical cores of the material that is hypothesized to make up the Psyche asteroid. The team designed a drill which would allow for the collection of a hypothesized metallic sample from the Psyche asteroid without compromising the sample. The sample could then be returned to Earth.