NASA is challenging U.S. and international undergraduate and graduate student teams to design and build a telerobotic or autonomous excavator, called a Lunabot, that may result in clever ideas and solutions which could be applied to an actual lunar excavation device or payload. The lunabot must be able to mine and deposit a minimum of 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of lunar simulant in 10 minutes.
Design teams must include one faculty advisor from a college or university and at least two undergraduate or graduate students. Universities may work in collaboration, and multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.
Selected teams will compete in the Lunabotics Mining Competition at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 20-24, 2013. Registration is limited to the first 50 approved teams. Registration is limited to one team per university campus. Internationally, registration is limited to five teams per country.
Registration will end when NASA approves 50 applications.
For more information about the competition and to apply online, visit http://www.nasa.gov/lunabotics.
Please email any questions about this opportunity to Susan Sawyer at Susan.G.Sawyer@nasa.gov.
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