All the information about NASA's Lunabotics Mining Competition at your finger tips.
NASA's Third Annual Lunabotics Mining Competition is a university-level competition designed to engage and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). NASA will directly benefit from the competition by encouraging the development of innovative lunar excavation concepts from universities which may result in clever ideas and solutions which could be applied to an actual lunar excavation device or payload.
The challenge is for students to design and build an excavator, called a Lunabot, that can mine and deposit a minimum of 10 kilograms of lunar simulant within 10 minutes. The complexities of the challenge include the abrasive characteristics of the BP-1, the weight and size limitations of the Lunabot, and the ability to telerobotically or autonomously control the Lunabot from a remote mission control center.
This year the scoring for the mining category will not be based primarily on the amount of material excavated in the allowed time but instead will require teams to consider a number of design and operation factors such as dust tolerance and projection, communications, vehicle mass, energy/power required, and level of autonomy.
This first version of NASA's Lunabotics app brings you:
* An up-to-date list of frequently asked questions to help you build an effective Lunabot.
* A list of milestones to keep track of everything leading up to, occurring at, and after, the Lunabotics event.
* An in-depth itinerary of the week surrounding the competition.
* Narrated videos which should answer many of the queries
you may have surrounding Lunabotics.
* Links to the Lunabotics social networks, and a complete set of rules.