Teredo IceShuttle

Through-Ice-Cap Transfer-Vehicle & Base Station


Teredo IceShuttle
The IceShuttle Teredo (Photo: Jan Albiez, DKFI GmbH)

Technical Details

Size: Ø 0.28 m x approx. 6.75 m (in development)
Weight: Approx. 160kg
Power supply: External power generator
Speed: Approx. 0.8 m/h
Actuation/ Engine:
Thermal drill, thermal power 3.6 kW (ice-melting tip using 6 x 600 W cartridge heaters), estimated drilling rate 0.8 m/h
Sensors:
Supporting AUV navigation: Evologics S2CR 48/78 USBL, Sea & Sun Marine Tech SV48-6000 (CTD-Sensor), RJE International ULB-350 (acoustic beacon)
Communication:
Thetered, Ethernet

Organisational Details

Sponsor: Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology
German Aerospace Center e.V.
Grant number: The EurEx project is funded by the German Ministry of Economics (BMWI), Grant No. 50 NA 1217).
Application Field: Space Robotics
Underwater Robotics
Related Projects: EurEx-SiLaNa
EurEx-Safe Long-Term Navigation (09.2017- 12.2018)
EurEx
Europa-Explorer (12.2012- 04.2016)
CUSLAM
Localization and mapping in confined underwater environments (09.2009- 07.2012)
Related Robots: Leng
Exploration AUV for long-distance-missions
DAGON

System description

The Teredo IceShuttle is a robotic probe which is capable to transport a payload through an ice-shield towards an environment located beneath the ice. The System is developed in context of the project Europa-Explorer. Here a set of robots are developed to model the exploration of the hypothesized ocean on Jupiters icy moon Europa by an analog mission on earth. Within the scenario the IceShuttle transports an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) as its payload. The propulsion through the ice is generated by a thermal drill. Besides transportation the IceShuttle functions as a stationary base station. It provides a docking interface as well as a set of additional sensors to support the AUV’s navigation.
Due to the given requirements and the necessity to carry the AUV within the IceShuttle the two systems and their design are highly integrated and adjusted towards each other.

Videos

Europa-Explorer: Missionszenario

Anmiation des Missionsablaufes auf dem Jupitermond Europa

System details

System overview (CAD drawing: Marius Wirtz, DFKI GmbH)
System overview (CAD drawing: Marius Wirtz, DFKI GmbH)
Functional parts (CAD drawing: Marius Wirtz, DFKI GmbH)
Functional parts (CAD drawing: Marius Wirtz, DFKI GmbH)

Picture gallery

Front modules of the IceShuttle with sensors and docking interface deployed (Photo: Marius wirtz, DFKI GmbH)
Front modules of the IceShuttle with sensors and docking interface deployed (Photo: Marius wirtz, DFKI GmbH)
Docking interface of the IceShutle Teredo (Photo: Jan Albiez, DFKI GmbH)
Docking interface of the IceShutle Teredo (Photo: Jan Albiez, DFKI GmbH)
Leng docking to the IceShuttle in the saltwater basin of the Maritime Exploration Hall of the DFKI (Photo: Marius Wirtz, DFKI GmbH)
Leng docking to the IceShuttle in the saltwater basin of the Maritime Exploration Hall of the DFKI (Photo: Marius Wirtz, DFKI GmbH)
The IceShuttle Teredo in full size (Photo: Jan Albiez, DFKI GmbH)
The IceShuttle Teredo in full size (Photo: Jan Albiez, DFKI GmbH)
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last updated 31.07.2019
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