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The Florida Space Institute And The Center For Lunar And Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS) Participated In NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition

June 2016:

The Florida Space Institute and the Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS) participated in NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center, May 16-20, 2016.  Philip Metzger of FSI was a regolith judge in the arena, evaluating performance of the mining robots. Lessons learned from the performance of the robots is being transferred to the Resource Prospector rover project, designing a vehicle that is slated to visit one of the Moon’s poles in 2021. The Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science sponsored the Regolith Mechanics Innovation Award. This year, by vote of the judges, it was awarded to the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s “Moon Pi” team for the innovative design of wheels for maximizing traction and enabling better skid steering in the regolith.

The CLASS-sponsored trophy for Regolith Mechanics Innovation June 2016

The CLASS-sponsored trophy for Regolith Mechanics Innovation June 2016

 

A team of students working on their robot at the competition JUNE 2016

A team of students working on their robot at the competition JUNE 2016

The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s robot that was awarded the CLASS trophy for Regolith Mechanics Innovation. JUNE 2016

The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s robot that was awarded the CLASS trophy for Regolith Mechanics Innovation. JUNE 2016