Video: PlanetVac tested on Masten Space’s Xodiac rocket

I’ve previously posted about the PlanetVac system for gathering a sample of the surface of celestial bodies. It was developed by Honeybee Robotics and supported financially by the Planetary Society. Here is a video report on a recent test using Masten Space Systems‘s Xodiac vertical takeoff and landing reusable rocket. From the caption: Taking samples … Continue reading Video: PlanetVac tested on Masten Space’s Xodiac rocket

Videos: Planetary Post with Robert Picardo + PlanetVac with HoneyBee Robotics and Masten Space

Here is the latest episode of the Planetary Post with Robert Picardo, sponsored by the Planetary Society: Behind the Scenes with Bill Nye  And here is a video providing more details about the Society’s PlanetVac Xodiac project mentioned by Picardo. The project is a Society-led collaboration with HoneyBee Robotics and Masten Space Systems. The goal is to design, … Continue reading Videos: Planetary Post with Robert Picardo + PlanetVac with HoneyBee Robotics and Masten Space

PlanetVac – a low cost sample-return system sponsored by the Planetary Society

The Planetary Society  is sponsoring development of the PlanetVac low cost sample-return system at Honeybee Robotics : PlanetVac uses pressurized gas to push regolith into a sample container (effectively acting like a planetary vacuum cleaner).  Because of the low pressures on Mars, the Moon, and asteroids, the technique is extremely efficient because the efficiency is related to the ratio … Continue reading PlanetVac – a low cost sample-return system sponsored by the Planetary Society

Videos: Planetary Post – “LightSail in the Clean Room”

The latest Planetary Post program from the Planetary Society: Special guest host, Seth MacFarlane, is overshadowed by another special guest host, Dr. Bruce Betts, in this episode featuring the LightSail 2 Integration. Also featuring yet another special guest Dr. at the end! But Who is it? This video animation demonstrates the LightSail 2 assembly and … Continue reading Videos: Planetary Post – “LightSail in the Clean Room”