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Elijah CobbPh.D. Researcher

Elijah Cobb is a Ph.D. student studying Computer Science at Michigan Technological University (MTU). Elijah earned a Bachelor's in Computer Science from MTU in the fall of 2021. Throughout his undergraduate degree, Elijah was involved with many research projects funded by NASA, the US Navy, and the National Science Foundation. Elijah has experience in the industry through leading the software development for a start-up, Ampel Feedback. As a Ph.D. student, Elijah aims at developing novel software solutions for robotics in aerospace applications. In addition, Elijah is a Graduate Researcher at the Planetary Surface Technology Development Lab (pstdl.com), a research laboratory at MTU developing in-situ resource utilization technologies for lunar and martian applications.

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NASA LuSTRNASA Lunar Surface Technology Research (LuSTR) (Exploration of lunar volatiles and determination of geotechnical properties) – "Percussive Hot Cone Penetrometer (PHCP) and Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) for Geotechnical and Volatiles Mapping"
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NASA T-REXNASA Breakthrough Innovative and Gamechanging (BIG) Idea Challenge 2020 – "Tethered permanently shaded Region EXplorer (T-REX)", (power and communication delivery into PSR)
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NASA Watts on the MoonNASA Watts on the Moon Centennial Challenge (Providing power to water extraction plant in PSR 1km from power plant) – "Wired Watts whereever, whenever you want – W^5"
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HOPLITEA modular robotic system that enables the field testing of ISRU technologies.

Facilities

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Lunar Simulant SandboxLarge 'Airlocked' lunar simulant chamber with autonomous gravity offloading.
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IRGOA 3-axis autonomous gravity offloading device located within a lunar simulant chamber.