Today we were quickly off and running on repair efforts. The first step was to utilize our go-to spot in the SMG to remove WATSON from the drill. Once removed, this space is not clean enough to open things up and make repairs to the instrument. After a walk around camp with the site manager, we determined the best spot for us would be a work bench in the Green House (not to be confused with “greenhouse”…). Ken quickly got to work removing the guts of the instrument for debugging of the PMT. Ken was able to pinpoint and fix the issue before the end of the day! Tomorrow we will reassemble WATSON to the drill and hope we get a break in northern winds to return to the site.
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.