Is this project an undergraduate, graduate, or faculty project?

Undergraduate

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Authors' Class Standing

Delaney Hancock, Sophomore Cory White, Junior Richie Excell, Junior Ashley Wright, Senior Aldous George, Junior Vincent Adelizzio, Junior Benjamin Banner, Senior David Jefts, Freshman Hunter Hatchell, Junior Andrew Matievski, Freshman Tony Hess, Freshman Merit Bibawy, Junior Robin Hood Ashok, Junior Brittney Marzen, Freshman Justin Randall, Junior Sarah Averett, Junior

Lead Presenter's Name

Cory White

Faculty Mentor Name

Sathya Gangadharan

Abstract

The Ice Core Collection Experimental Device (ICCED) is designed for participation in the NASA Microgravity Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) “Under Ice Sampling Device” challenge. This challenge involves the design, development, and testing of a sampling device that will interface with a submersible vehicle in order to obtain subsurface ice samples in an underwater environment. ICCED is a remotely controlled, underwater drilling device designed to excavate and extract ice cores of 0.5 inches in diameter and 3 inches in length. ICCED consists of a drill connected to a linear slide, which is controlled by a microprocessor and able to cut through ice with the help of attached blades and a servo to power the drill. This device is designed for operation in environments such as those present on the moons of Europa and Enceladus, during which it will be able to drill into an ice surface, collect a sample, and secure the sample inside an insulated module. Development of the device is currently in the prototyping stage. Prototyping will be finished by the end of March, and the team will begin testing the prototype and redesigning, with a final model completed in April. Once final development is completed, the design will be tested in the Johnson Space Center’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

No

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Ice Core Collection Experimental Device (ICCED)

The Ice Core Collection Experimental Device (ICCED) is designed for participation in the NASA Microgravity Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) “Under Ice Sampling Device” challenge. This challenge involves the design, development, and testing of a sampling device that will interface with a submersible vehicle in order to obtain subsurface ice samples in an underwater environment. ICCED is a remotely controlled, underwater drilling device designed to excavate and extract ice cores of 0.5 inches in diameter and 3 inches in length. ICCED consists of a drill connected to a linear slide, which is controlled by a microprocessor and able to cut through ice with the help of attached blades and a servo to power the drill. This device is designed for operation in environments such as those present on the moons of Europa and Enceladus, during which it will be able to drill into an ice surface, collect a sample, and secure the sample inside an insulated module. Development of the device is currently in the prototyping stage. Prototyping will be finished by the end of March, and the team will begin testing the prototype and redesigning, with a final model completed in April. Once final development is completed, the design will be tested in the Johnson Space Center’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory.

 

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