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Sandbox (Subsurface)

Subsurface sampling is one of the most important aspects of a space probe, as substances below the surface are preserved in their original form, unaffected by harsh solar radiation and extreme temperatures. Members of the Drillers at UCLA created Excalibur, a manually operated subsurface sample acquisition drill which has drawn inspiration, in part, from a classical Shelby tube. Excalibur is designed to tackle dynamic missions by ensuring sampling capabilities in materials ranging from loose regolith to substances that are harder than sandstone.

Team Members:

Kyle Johnson, Mechanical Engineer

Jose Cebreros, Outreach Manager

Aditya Gorla, Mechanical Engineer

Ariel Lavi, Safety Operations Manager

Chloe Liau, Lead Engineer


Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Edward Young, Professor Earth Planetary and Space Sciences