The Extreme Access focus area will expand technology enabling humans and robotic systems to efficiently access, navigate, and explore previously inaccessible lunar surface and subsurface areas. To accomplish this goal, they will consider the needs of robust and sustained surface activities (such as the bulk transport of regolith), ingress, exploration, and egress ofsubsurface voids, hazard detection in all lunar environments and conditions, as well as communicating and navigating with minimal infrastructure and autonomous operations.
The kickoff telecon for the Extreme Access Focus Group was held on Thursday, June 18.
Dr. Angela Stickle is a planetary geologist with a background in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, magnetospheric physics, and impact processes on planetary surfaces.She received her bachelors degrees in Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering as well as Earth and Space Sciences from the University of Washington, and her Masters' degrees in Geology and Engineering and Ph.D in Geological Sciences from Brown University. She is currently a senior research scientist at the JHU Applied Physics Laboratory. Her work focuses on impact processes in the solar system, including the Moon, Mars, asteroids, and the icy moons of Saturn and Jupiter. She is a Co-Investigator on the Mini-RF radar and LRO-LAMP instrument aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Dragonfly mission, and leads the impact modeling team for theDouble Asteroid Redirection Test. Her research includes lunar surface evolution and maturation, experimental and numerical studies of damage formed by hypervelocity impacts, dynamic failure and fragmentation of materials, planetary defense, as well ascratering processes in icy targets. She uses an interdisciplinary approach to better understand impact phenomena, combining experiments (impact and dynamic failure) with numerical models and remote sensing to evaluate impact structures.
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