Space is hard. Sample collection and return is harder still. That’s why the radically-simplified PlanetVac system from Honeybee Robotics is so intriguing. Join Planetary Society Chief Scientist Bruce Betts and host Mat Kaplan on a tour of Honeybee that includes a PlanetVac demo. Bruce returns for this week’s What’s Up jaunt around the night sky. Planetary Society Digital Editor Jason Davis shares big news about the LightSail 2 solar sail and the next SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch.
PlanetVac Sample Collection
Attached to a lander leg, PlanetVac collects a surface sample by using an inert gas to move regolith into the sample container.
Honeybee Robotics' giant freezer
Mat Kaplan talks with Honeybee Robotics project engineers Justin Spring and Kathryn Luczek about the company’s giant freezer.
A bucket of Mars regolith simulant
Mat Kaplan digs into a bucket of Mars regolith simulant with Honeybee Robotics project engineers Kathyrn Luczek and Justin Spring.
3D-printed PlanetVac prototypes
A variety of 3D-printed PlanetVac prototypes at Honeybee Robotics.
Mars vacuum chamber
The Mars vacuum chamber at Honeybee Robotics.
Honeybee Robotics deep freeze
Mat Kaplan enters the Honeybee Robotics deep freeze with PlanetVac engineer Justin Spring.