Yesterday afternoon, the shipping crate carrying the Zoe rover and Honeybee’s LITA drill arrived at Paranal Observatory. We worked into the night and this morning assembling the rover and performing functional tests on its instruments. Today, we transported Zoe to the first testing site and worked on system calibrations. I calibrated the drill’s sample cache carousel to prepare the rover for field testing tomorrow.
About the Exploration Technology GroupHoneybee Robotics Exploration Technology Group engineers and builds terrestrial and extraterrestrial drilling, excavation, and geotechnical systems, as well as sample acquisition, transfer and processing technologies. Because these systems are autonomous, smart, low power, light-weight, and low-mass, they have application not only in space, but here on earth in mining and petroleum applications.