Capstone Project 20F11: NASA Psyche Mission: Robotic Explorer

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 to explore its surface. In this capstone project, we are that team! Designing to the range of hypothesized surfaces that might be found at Psyche, the NAU Psyche team created a robotic explorer capable of efficiently traversing each of the hypothesized surfaces and adapting mid-traverse.

Dr. Cassie Bowman,
Co-Investigator on the Psyche Asteroid Mission

Technical Advisor
(semester one)

Dr. David Trevas,
Engineering Lecturer at NAU

Technical Advisor
(semester two)

Dr. Sarah Oman,
Engineering Lecturer at NAU

This work was created in partial fulfillment of Northern Arizona University Capstone Course "ME-476C". The work is a result of the Psyche Student Collaborations component of NASA's Psyche Mission ( "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.
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