NASA's Robotic Mining Competition, Kennedy Space Center, FL
The NASA Robotic 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 excavation concepts from universities which may result in clever ideas and solutions which could be applied to an actual excavation device or payload in space. The challenge is for students to design and build a remote controlled or autonomous excavator that can collect and deposit martian regolith simulant within 10 minutes. The complexities of the challenge include the abrasive characteristics of the regolith, the weight and size limitations of the robot, and the ability to control the robot from a remote control center.
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