Mojave Desert, Day 2 – October 26, 2014

 

Today, a Discovery Channel film crew visited the Mojave test site to learn about our Lita drill and see it in action on board the LELR. Pictured below is a shot of Bolek’s interview.IMG_0914

The drill performed exceptionally. Below, cuttings from the drill are successfully delivered to a caching mechanism.DSCN9135

After drilling our third hole, we stumbled upon a Desert Banded Gecko, which is native to the Mojave Desert.DSCN9134

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Mojave Desert, Day 1 – October 25, 2014

Today starts the first day of a week-long trip to the Mojave Desert to test the Lita Drill integrated on the Lunar Exploration Light Rover (LELR). We will be working with NASA Ames and MDA to demonstrate the ability to collect drilling samples of interest and successfully navigate the terrain. We left Honeybee Robotic’s Pasadena office early this morning and arrived at the test location.DSCN9071

Upon arrival, we worked with our teammates from MDA to unload the LELR and prepare the drill and rover for this week’s work.DSCN9076The drill was installed and successfully tested.DSCN9084As the sun set, the team packed up the rover. Everything is ready to go for another outstanding day in the desert.photo 2

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