Judging the 2015 NASA Robotic Mining Competition

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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.

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Visiting the LCC (Launch Control Center) and siting in the Launch Director’s chair in Firing Room 1.

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The Visitor’s Center at Kennedy Space Center showcases a beautiful Rocket Garden and Space Shuttle Atlantis.

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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!

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