The Sixth Annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition was recently held at Kennedy Space Center. This year, 47 university-level student teams competed to design and build a mining robot that can traverse simulated Martian chaotic terrain, excavate Martian regolith and deposit the regolith into a Collector Bin within 10 minutes. Some teams were even able to accomplish these tasks autonomously, which I had the pleasure to judge this year. This marks the sixth year that Honeybee has sponsored the competition, and each year the designs get better and better.
Visiting the LCC (Launch Control Center) and siting in the Launch Director’s chair in Firing Room 1.
The Visitor’s Center at Kennedy Space Center showcases a beautiful Rocket Garden and Space Shuttle Atlantis.
Winners will be publicly announced in a couple weeks — stay tuned and congrats to all the teams for their impressive problem-solving during the competition!