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Drilling deep to the Mars Lake

•, brian wang

The Planetary Deep Drill is a wire-line drill designed to reach miles below extraterrestrial surfaces. The lightweight drill meets the payload and excavation requirements required to reach far below the icy surface formations of Mars, Enceladus or Europa.

The drill is four meters tall (13 feet) and has a a diameter of 6.4 centimeters (2.5 inches). The Planetary Deep Drill also features motors, electronics and sensors to operate its tungsten carbide tip pounds into ice and rock at over 250 revolutions per minute.

It can operate on 100 watts of power.

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