In response to today's historic successful Philae landing, the space science community's first landing on a comet, The Planetary Society issued the following statement from director of science and technology Bruce Betts.
With the support of The Planetary Society, Honeybee Robotics is developing and testing a new Planetary Deep Drill system, a lightweight, portable drill designed eventually to reach kilometers below the surface of icy bodies such as Europa, Enceladus, Titan, and the Mars polar caps.
CubeSats have made low-cost space missions a reality for universities and research groups. However, these tiny satellites lack propulsion. LightSail will demonstrate the viability of solar sailing for CubeSats.
Planetary Deep Drill is the first drill of its kind. Honeybee intends to fulfill one of the biggest needs for subsurface planetary exploration: lightweight, portable drills that pack enough punch to probe deep beneath planetary surfaces.
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