Honeybee Robotics

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Honeybee Robotics
Founded New York, NY, USA (1983)
  • Steve Gorevan
  • Chris Chapman
Headquarters ,
United States
Number of locations
3 Locations (2017)
Parent Ensign-Bickford Industries
Website www.honeybeerobotics.com 

Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corporation is a small spacecraft technology and robotics company[1] headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, with offices in Pasadena, California and Longmont, Colorado.[2] It was established in 1983 by Stephen Gorevan[3] and Chris Chapman.[4] In June 2017, Honeybee Robotics was acquired by Ensign-Bickford Industries.[5][6]


Honeybee has particular expertise in developing and operating small mechanical tools used on Mars missions. Some of the robotic devices it has developed and successfully demonstrated on Mars include:

The Honeybee Robotics Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT) on the Opportunity Mars Rover.

In addition, they are developing tools to be used to live and work on the moon as part of NASA's Constellation program.[10]

Honeybee develops systems for future missions to Mars,[11] Venus, the moon, two Jovian moons,[11] and asteroid[12] and comet sample return,[13] among others. They have worked with Bigelow Aerospace to develop a preliminary design for a solar array deployment mechanism that would be used on the solar arrays of their Genesis inflatable space habitat. Terrestrial projects include developing mechanisms, installations, and systems for a broad array of clients including Con Edison, the U.S. Navy, Coca-Cola, Nike, and architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro.[14]


  1. ^ Erik Baard, "Alligators Below City? Try Robo-Inchworms", New York Times, BUSINESS: DIARY; November 10, 2002
  2. ^ "Locations - Honeybee Robotics". honeybeerobotics.com. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  3. ^ Kenneth Chang, "Martian Robots, Taking Orders From a Manhattan Walk-Up," New York Times, November 7, 2004
  4. ^ Greg Clark, "Mars Sample Mission -- Here's the Drill Archived 2001-02-12 at the Wayback Machine," Space.com, posted August 11, 1999
  5. ^ http://www.eba-d.com/news-and-events/ensign-bickford/
  6. ^ http://www.coloradospacenews.com/honeybee-robotics-has-been-acquired-by-ensign-bickford-industries/
  7. ^ "Touch and Go Days - Astrobiology Magazine". astrobio.net. 7 February 2004. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  8. ^ "http://www.honeybeerobotics.com/isad.html". honeybeerobotics.com. Archived from the original on 2 June 2008. Retrieved 2 June 2016. External link in |title= (help)
  9. ^ http://msl-scicorner.jpl.nasa.gov/Instruments/SAM/
  10. ^ "How to build lunar homes from moon dirt - USATODAY.com". usatoday.com. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
  11. ^ a b K. Zacny, G. Paulsen, K. Davis, E. Mumm, and S. Gorevan, Honeybee Robotics Planetary Sample Acquisition, Transfer and Processing Technologies, presented at Mars Sample Return 2008, Lunar and Planetary Science Institute.
  12. ^ Derek Sears, Carl Allen, Dan Britt, Don Brownlee, Melissa Franzen, Leon Gefert, Stephen Gorovan, Carle Pieters, Jeffrey Preble, Dan Scheeres and Ed Scott, "The Hera mission: multiple near-earth asteroid sample return," Advances in Space Research, Volume 34, Issue 11, 2004, pp. 2270-2275 doi:10.1016/j.asr.2003.05.059
  13. ^ S. Gorevan, I. Yachbes, P. Bartlett, K.Zacny, G. L. Paulsen, T. Kennedy, B. Basso, and J. Wilson, "Comet and Asteroid Sample Acquisition, Containerization, and Transfer for Sample Return", presented at Spacecraft Reconnaissance of Asteroid and Comet Interiors (2006).
  14. ^ "http://www.honeybeerobotics.com/mission.html". honeybeerobotics.com. Archived from the original on 26 March 2006. Retrieved 2 June 2016. External link in |title= (help)

External links

  • Official website
  • Mars robot PDF
  • NASA
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