This project is to assist a UAF student team entering in NASA's 2013 Lunabotics Mining Competition. The challenge is for students to design and build an excavator, called a Lunabot that can mine and deposit a minimum of 10 kilograms of lunar simulant within 10 minutes. The complexities of the challenge include the abrasive characteristics of the BP-1, the weight and size limitations of the Lunabot, and the ability to telerobotically and/or autonomously control the Lunabot from a remote mission control center. The teams will be scored on a number of design and operation factors such as dust tolerance and projection, communications, vehicle mass, energy/power required, level of autonomy and the amount of material excavated in the allowed time.
Name: Robert Parsons, Higher Education
Institution: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Award: Higher Education, Project
Funding Period: 2012