ICRA 2011 Paper Abstract


Paper TuA1-InteracInterac.32

Omori, Hayato (Chuo University), Nakamura, Taro (Chuo University), Kubota, Takashi (JAXA ISAS)

Planetary Subsurface Explorer Robot with Propulsion Units for Peristaltic Crawling

Scheduled for presentation during the Poster Sessions "Interactive Session I: Robotic Technology" (TuA1-InteracInterac), Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 08:20−09:35, Hall

2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 9-13, 2011, Shanghai International Conference Center, Shanghai, China

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Keywords Space Robotics, Biologically-Inspired Robots, Biomimetics


We have developed an exclusive planetary subsurface explorer robot with propulsion and excavation units. In this paper, we first explain the concept of our underground explorer robot. Next we develop an excavation unit with a tapered earth auger and a propulsion unit with dual pantograph. Several experiments are performed to demonstrate these features. Finally, we develop a subsurface explorer robot with propulsion and excavation units. Excavation experiments are successfully conducted using the excavator alone and at lighter weights. We show that the excavator can begin boring from a launcher, and in case of excavator of 1/6 of its own weight, it successfully ex-cavates at the same depth as in its own weight. This demonstrates that this novel excavator is expected to accomplish future missions on other planets and the moon.



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