NASA’s Fifth Annual Robotic Mining Competition

NASA’s Fifth Annual Robotic Mining Competition

Registration has opened for NASA’s Fifth Annual Robotic Mining Competition.  Registration will close after 50 teams have been accepted.  The competition will be held at KSC on May 19 – 23, 2014.

NASA’s Fifth Annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition is for university-level students to design and build a mining robot that can traverse the simulated Martian chaotic terrain, excavate Martian regolith and deposit the regolith into a Collector Bin within 10 minutes.  There is particular relevance to NASA’s recently announced mission to find an asteroid by 2016 and then bring it to Cis-Lunar space. The technology concepts developed by the university teams for this competition conceivably could be used to mine resources on Asteroids as well as Mars.  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.  The unique physical properties of basaltic regolith and the reduced 1/3rd gravity make excavation a difficult technical challenge. Advances in Martian mining have the potential to significantly contribute to our nation’s space vision and NASA space exploration operations.

See more info about the competition, along with the rules and rubrics at:

http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/centers/kennedy/technology/nasarmc.html

Registration site:

https://www.spacegrant.org/forms/?form=nasarmc

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