This May, the Brigham City Regional Campus at Utah State University will send a team of engineering students to compete in the 4th annual lunabotics mining competition. The competition will be held at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the Brigham City engineering students have put forth an exemplary design that they think will perform well. The idea behind the competition is to design and fabricate a robot that can telorobotically or autonomously mine a minimum of 10 kg of lunar regolith (lunar soil without organics). Competition winners will be evaluated on amount of material excavated, weight of robot, and other significant factors including outreach to the community. Outreach is designed to help spur interest in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields for younger generations of students. To achieve this purpose the Brigham City engineering students have formed a new club "BLAST" to teach and demonstrate robot principles to a variety of audiences. The competition’s sponsoring agency, NASA, will directly benefit from the competition by encouraging the development of innovative lunar excavation concepts from universities which may result in clever ideas and solutions which could be applied to an actual lunar excavation device or payload.
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