Team MoonPi


The NASA Robotic Mining Competition is a university-level competition designed to engage and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). NASA will directly benefit from the competition by encouraging the development of innovative martian excavation concepts from universities which may result in clever ideas and solutions which could be applied to an actual martian excavation device or payload.

The challenge is for students to design and build a remote controlled or autonomous excavator that can collect and deposit a minimum of 10 kilograms of martian simulant within 15 minutes. The complexities of the challenge include the abrasive characteristics of the simulant, the weight and size limitations of the robot, and the ability to control the robot from a remote control center.

Moon Pi

System Specs:

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  • Subsystems:
    • Independent Tank Drive
    • Belt-driven drum loader