BOZEMAN -- Montana State University students recently won the Judges Innovation Award at NASA’s fourth annual Lunabotics Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The award recognized the bucket-wheel dumping system the team designed for its robot to pick up simulated moon dirt, said Mike Edens, one of the team advisers.
Blair Allen, co-host of NASA Edge TV, remarked about it on air.
“We love this delivery system. That is awesome,” he said as he watched the robot suddenly dump a load of regolith at one end of the arena.
The NASA anchors later interviewed MSU student Logan Warberg, a computer science major from Kalispell who was the remote driver for MSU’s robot. This was his second year of competition.
The MSU team also won second place for the Efficient Use of Communications Power Award. MSU came in sixth place for the amount of simulated moon dirt its robot dug over two rounds. The robot dug 47.5 kilograms of simulated moon dirt. The minimum to qualify was 10 kilograms.
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