Research Capabilities
Our group is currently working under a NASA funded grant to develop rock characterization technologies which may be used in the planned Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) or other in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) activities.  In our collaboration with the West Virginia Robotic Technology Center, we are investigating the barriers and challenges associated with translating traditional non-destructive, terrestrial rock characterization technologies to a harsh space environment.  More details on this specific project can be found in the official NASA press release.

This interdisciplinary research area combines fundamental rock mechanics with state-of-the-art robotic technology development.  The and products and the implications of our findings could have significant impact both on extraterrestrial rock manipulation as well as terrestrial mining operations.