Hypothesized Surface: Robotic Explorer for Hypothesized Surfaces – UGA – A

“16-Psyche Articulating Wheel Set”

INSTITUTION

University of Georgia (UGA)

CLASS

Tungsten Class (2023 – 2024)

STUDENT TEAM

Alexander Torjak,

Brandon White,

Kevin Jackson, Mechanical Engineering

Sophie Barrett,

SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL GUIDANCE

ACADEMIC GUIDANCE

Supervisor: Dr. Jorge Rodriguez
TA: Achal Joshi

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Our team is designing an articulating wheelset for a robotic explorer that is intended to traverse the hypothesized surface of asteroid 16-Psyche. The focus of the project is a simulation to prove that our design will work on the surface, according to the research that has been done on 16-Psyche, and a prototype of a subsection of the design.

This work was created in partial fulfillment of the University of Georgia Capstone Course “MCHE 4910”. 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.