NASA Calls on College Students to Aid in Lunar Excavation Ideas

Registration is now open for teams of undergraduate and graduate students from throughout the nation to participate in NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition: Lunabotics 2021.

The competition is a part of the Artemis Student Challenges, designed to engage and retain students in STEM fields by expanding opportunities for student research and design in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. The project provides a competitive environment to foster innovative ideas and solutions that potentially could be used on future NASA missions to the Moon or even Mars.

This year’s competition features a new “Design It, Build It, Dig It Challenge” format in which teams can compete in the “Design It” phase of the competition only, or compete in all three portions, through to the actual build and dig portion event. Teams selected to compete in the live events will demonstrate their excavator robots next spring at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

During the live competition, the teams’ robots will go head-to-head to determine which machine can collect and move the most regolith within a specified amount of time.

Registration will close Wednesday, Sept. 16, at noon EDT.

For more competition information, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-calls-on-college-students-to-aid-in-lunar-excavation-ideas/

2021 BIG Idea Challenge: Dust Mitigation Technologies for Lunar Applications

Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Faculty
Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 25
Entry Deadline: Dec. 13
Contact: BigIdea@nianet.org

NASA’s 2021 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is an engineering design competition open to teams of five to 25 students from Space Grant-affiliated colleges/universities. Teams are challenged to submit robust proposals for near-term dust mitigation (or dust tolerant) technologies that could be used for lunar applications near or in the Moon’s South Pole. Selected teams will receive awards from $50,000-$180,000 to bring their ideas to life!

The challenge is sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. It is managed by the National Institute of Aerospace.

For more information click here.