Comet Surface Sample Return Probe
Studying comets can provide clues to the birth of the Solar System. The Comet Surface Sample Return Probe, built for NASA, comprises the spacecraft systems necessary to obtain a sample from the nucleus of a comet, hermetically seal the sample within a capsule, and convey the sealed sample to an orbiting spacecraft which can return the sample to Earth.
Honeybee’s experience with planetary sample acquisition and analysis enables us to design a reliable, effective sample acquisition and handling subsystem, a sealed sample return canister, and the systems-level engineering required for the Comet Surface Sample Return Probe. Honeybee is also analyzing the mechanics of orbiting, approaching and landing on a comet.