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NASA's Lunabotics Mining Competition
What's this?
The Lunabotics Mining Competition is a university-level competition designed to engage and retain students in STEM fields. The challenge is for students to design and build a remote controlled or autonomous excavator, called a lunabot, that can collect and deposit a minimum of 10 kilograms of lunar stimulant within 15 minutes. The complexities of the challenge include the abrasive characteristics of the lunar stimulant, the weight and size limitations, and the ability to control the lunabot from a remote control center.
Past Lunabotics Mining Competitions
The previous competition was held May 23-28, 2011 and was hosted by the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Thirty-six teams from around the globe competed in what was the second annual Lunabotics competition. First place was taken by Laurentian University of Canada, followed by the University of North Dakota and West Virginia University for second and third places, respectively.
Next Lunabotics Mining Competition
Information for next year's competition has not yet been posted. For more information, Click here.
To apply for the next competition, Click here.