Stone Aerospace is contracted by NASA for the initial testing of a prototype that will be used to explore the oceans of Europa.
Stone Aerospace specializes in underwater exploration vehicles. The contract is to develop the underwater equivalent of a Mars rover to explore the oceans in Europa. Europa is a moon of Jupiter and is the only existing celestial body in our solar system we know to contain large amounts of water. This has caused speculation that there could be life in the oceans there.
One challenge that Stone Aerospace is facing is the several miles thick ice crust covering Europa’s oceans that will need to be bored through by the autonomous underwater exploration vehicle being developed.
To perform tests, a model XLE 15/03 Open-Top Pioneer Water Tank with a custom liner will be utilized. The Pioneer Water Tank will be a part of the initial testing of the probe and following a month-long trial period, the probe will be transported next to Alaska for testing in a glacier.
Another tank brand had previously failed the task for Stone Aerospace. Pioneer Water Tanks’ engineering and design team enable guaranteed superior strength. The open-top tank ring truss system along with the reinforced tank body allows it to accommodate heavier loads.
Stone Aerospace engineers are also impressed with the top HDPE angle, anchoring system, and the corrosion resistance of Next-Generation ZINCALUME® steel utilized in the tank body.
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Pioneer Water Tanks are water solutions that are designed fit-for-purpose. Richard Dunfield and the team at Pioneer Water Tanks, worked with Stone Aerospace engineers to configure the project.
Pioneer Water Tanks America is excited to be playing such a vital role in the exploration of our solar system, shooting for the stars in every possible way.
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