Free-Flying Unmanned Robotic Spacecraft for Asteroid Resource Prospecting and Characterization

Period of Performance: 06/16/2015 - 06/15/2017


Phase 2 STTR

Recipient Firm

Honeybee Robotics
Building 3, Suite 1005 Array
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Firm POC
Principal Investigator

Research Institution

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
600 South Clyde Morris Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Institution POC


In Phase 2 we will develop a fully integrated, autonomous free-flying robotic system based on a commercial SkyJib quadcopter, and demonstrate flying straight and level to a target location, acquisition of rock and regolith samples, and return to the point of origin. The work plan for Phase 2 is as follows: 1. Completion of the Guidance, Navigation, Control, Vision, and Sample Acquisition subsystems. 2. Integration of all the payload elements at ERAU and system level check out 3. Demonstration of the entire system at NASA KSC 4. Field deployment at analog location