DEEPER: The Drill for Extensive Exploration of Planetary Environments Using Robots

Timoney, Ryan; Souza, Colin; Worrall, Kevin; Harkness, Patrick; Rix, Julius ORCID:; Dixon, Andrew. 2021 DEEPER: The Drill for Extensive Exploration of Planetary Environments Using Robots. In: Earth and Space 2021. American Society of Civil Engineers, 626-632.

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)


Landed missions which seek to explore ever-greater depths beneath planetary subsurfaces must manage the risks associated with this challenging task. When developing the most appropriate mission architecture, the designer must consider two options in the trade-off study: the use of heritage technologies such as the mass and volume-intensive hardware of ‘classical’ drill string assembly, or the adoption of novel technologies such as the wireline or coiled tube drilling approach. In order to address future European exploration goals, the European Space Agency (ESA) have proposed the development of a drill which shall enable exploration to 20\ m through the use of a coiled tube system. The ‘Drill for Extensive Exploration of Planetary Environments using Robots’ (DEEPER) project is being delivered by a U.K. consortium including the University of Glasgow, the British Antarctic Survey, and Apogee Engineering Ltd. The team seeks to mature the baseline concept by developing a breadboard, which shall be tested both in the laboratory and in the field. This paper details the progress made to date, noting the challenges which have been identified and overcome ahead of manufacture.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
Date made live: 20 Apr 2021 09:18 +0 (UTC)

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Document Downloads

Downloads for past 30 days

Downloads per month over past year

More statistics for this item...