Research and Development
Southwest Research InstitutePosted 01/27/2009
SwRI provides research and development services for all industries in a vast range of technical fields.
Shown: DepthX (DEep Phreatic THermal eXplorer) is a NASA Astrobiology Science and Technology for Exploring Planets (ASTEP) project to design, develop, and field-test a robotic vehicle to explore extreme aqueous environments. SwRI implemented the robot science component of DepthX responsible for locating and identifying life forms. This package included environmental sensors, cameras, a microscope, an extensible probe arm, means for collecting both solid and liquid samples, and a dedicated computer for analyzing data and controlling the sample collection subsystems.