Carleton Off-World Specialized Mining Team (COSM)

Carleton Off-World Specialized Mining Team (COSM)

The Rundown

Our design team has been selected as one of 4 teams nationally to compete in the Canadian Reduced Gravity Experiment Competition (CAN-RGX)!

Our experiment aims to collect data about the effectiveness of different dust collection methods in low-gravity environments. The objective comes from previous research and evidence that shows the negative effects of dust in space on both equipment and personnel. The COSM team plans to drill into lunar and Martian regolith simulant with a hammer drill encased inside an aluminum support frame. This will release large quantities of dust, at which point two different collection mechanisms will be implemented.

The Background

Dust particles on asteroids and the moon can be very abrasive and cause problems for both astronauts and machinery. By learning more about ways to mitigate the spread of dust, the COSM team hopes to improve the performance of future astronauts and machinery in low-gravity environments with abrasive dust particles.

The Rollout

Our total goal for funding is $1000. These funds combined with funding from other sources will cover the costs of our materials including hammer drills, micro-controllers, metal support frame, and much more.

Our funds will go directly towards the building and testing of the experiment so that when our experiment is tested in micro-gravity, we are able to obtain results that will be helpful to future scientists and to the safety of space exploration.

The Benefits

Scientists and engineers will benefit from the successful execution of our experiment as a successful mechanism to mitigate abrasive dust has broad applications across the entire space industry!

The Team

COSM Team Members

This picture, taken at the Dean's Honour List Dinner, shows many of the second year students celebrating both academic and extracurricular success for the CAN-RGX team.


Successful Prototyping


COSM Team has been busy this last month design and prototyping all parts of our design. The Pelican Case that will carry our experiment aboard the Falcon 20 has arrived and we have begun integrating our experiment into it. Wheels and bearings have been installed to the mounting plate inside the Pelican Case which will allow our sample tray to smoothly rotate and change between samples. Our electronics team has been busy at work and has set up the Raspberry Pi to control the drill remotely and continues to work hard integrating components.

As we get into this exciting period where we get to bring our design ideas to life, we would like to thank the wonderful people who made all of this possible: you!

Keep your eyes peeled for our next update after the team submits and presents our Critical Design Review report!

Thanks everyone,


100% Funding Goal Reached!


COSM Team is delighted to inform our wonderful supporters that through their continued support and sharing of our project, we were able to accomplish our funding goal! This is great news for the team, along with learning recently that we have been funded by CSES (Carleton Student Engineering Society) for $250 as well. Our team members have been working on building a prototype and have been doing some testing with infrared and thermal cameras for the experiment. Once a functioning prototype has been built, we will send our wonderful supporters more information, and maybe even some cool pictures of our work so far!

Again, thank you for all of the wonderful support,


50% Funding Goal Reached!


Thank you everyone who has been so supportive of our team so far! The COSM team is thrilled to announce that we have reached 50% of our funding goal. This money will allow our team to purchase all of the components necessary to build our first prototype over the winter reading week to present to the competition judges when we present our Preliminary Design Review on February 23rd.

This experiment would not be possible without all of your wonderful support and we will keep you all updated on how the building of the prototype goes.





David Babineau

Ryan Anderson

Larry & Rachelle Pickard

Natallia Barysenka

Claudia Rahm

In memory of Arnold D Polzin

Richard Wadsworth

In tribute to Grandad Carroll

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