A team of students at Arizona State University is developing an autonomous robot capable of mining Lunar soil for sample returns.
Your support is crucial to helping the team at Arizona State University win the NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition.
Arizona State University is participating in the NASA’s Lunabotics Mining Competition that is designed to promote the development of interest in space activities and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields. The competition uses excavation, a necessary first step towards extracting resources from the regolith and building bases on the moon.
The competition will be conducted by NASA at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, May 21-26, 2012.
The unique physical properties of lunar regolith and the reduced 1/6th gravity, vacuum environment make excavation a difficult technical challenge. Advances in lunar regolith mining have the potential to significantly contribute to our nation’s space vision and NASA space exploration operations.
Your support will allow us to complete this robot, and answer some important research questions to help further our academic work. We are interested in how the robot behaves when autonomously traversing an obstacle-rich environment (such as the surface of the moon) while it collects the "moon rocks" and returns them to the "moon base".
We are also interested in the harsh environment that the moon presents for robotic applications, trying to determine the best way to protect the mechanical parts from the ultra-fine moon dust.
Your support will also enable us to participate in more outreach, getting into k-12 classrooms and giving the kids hands-on opportunities to interact with projects from the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.
We are a group of students dedicated to the exploration and development of space. With projects like this, we hope to learn important lessons that will help make space exploration more affordable and productive. We also hope to inspire the younger generations to look up, and dare to explore beyond our planet.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on April 15, 2012.
Mar 16, 2012 - Apr 15, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $1 or more
We'll mail you an ASU Lunabotics Sticker for your support! And make note of your generous donation on our website!Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $10 or more
We'll send you a sample of our "moon dust" straight from our robot testing facility! Along with a team photo and sticker! *Free Shipping inside U.S*Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $25 or more
We'll ship you a custom 3D printed model of the robot, along with a sample of our "moon dust" from our testing facility, team picture, and sticker. All mounted on a numbered collector's edition platform! *Free shipping inside the U.S.*Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $50 or more
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We'll send you and official ASU Lunabotics Team T-shirt, as well as a signed poster-sized artist's rendering of the Lunabot! And "moon dust" from our testing facility. *Free shipping inside the U.S.*Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $100 or more
We'll place your name, logo, or company on the the robot itself! You will also receive the rewards from the $25 and $50 level.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $250 or more
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*HONORARY TEAM MEMBER* ASU Lunabotics Team Flight Suit with mission patch, and name embroidered into the chest! And the rare opportunity to get "behind the scenes" and be included in all the tests and meetings leading up to the competition! As well as all the other level rewards.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $500 or more
*CORPORATE LEVEL ONLY* Permanent, large-scale branding in a prominent location on the robot! Not only will the robot be seen during the NASA broadcast of the competition, but will be on long-term display in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at ASU!Estimated delivery: May 2012