NASA wants students to come up with an excavator for working on the surface of the moon. It is issuing a challenge to US and international undergraduates and graduates to team up to design and build this excavator.
It could be remote controlled or autonomous and should be able to collect and deposit about 10 kg of lunar stimulant in 15 minutes. The student design teams will include a faculty advisor apart from two or more students.
Multidisciplinary teams are being encouraged to participate in the challenge. A group of universities may collaborate on the project as well. Teams that are finally selected will have the honour of participating in the Lunabotics Mining Competition.
The competition will be held in the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. NASA will host the competition from May 23 to 28, 2011. Global acclaim awaits the winning team design, not to mention great rewards.