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WVU Lunabotics – NASA RMC 

2012

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The NASA Robotic Mining Competition (formerly Lunabotics) is a competition where university level students design and build a mining robot that can traverse an simulated off-planet environment and mine a basaltic regolith simulant. 

The team consisted of 12 masters and bachelors level students.  Work began in September of that year to overall the previous design and brainstorm ideas for new digging mechanisms.  Immediately after designs were outlined, planning began.  Purchasing and fabricating components then quickly followed.  Along with this, testing was conducted up until the date of competition.  The competition was held at the Visitor Complex at Kennedy Space Center.  The team placed 10th overall.

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WVU Lunabotics – NASA RMC 

2011

WVU Lunabotics Facebook

The NASA Robotic Mining Competition (formerly Lunabotics) is a competition where university level students design and build a mining robot that can traverse a simulated off-planet environment and mine a basaltic regolith simulant from a remote location.   

2011 marked the formation of the WVU team.  It consisted of 12 masters and bachelors level students.  Work began in September of that year to research previous designs and brainstorm ideas for digging mechanisms and locomotion.  Immediately after designs were outlined and planning began.  Purchasing and fabricating components then quickly followed.  Along with this, testing was conducted up until the date of competition.  The competition was held at the Visitor Complex at Kennedy Space Center.  The team placed 3rd in digging.

Features:

  • Bucket Chain Digging Mechanism
  • Chevron Wheels
  • Rotating Carbon Fiber Dumping Mechanism
  • Dug 105 kg in 15 min
  • Finished 3rd in Digging