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NASA's Fifth Annual Robotic Mining Competition
March 27, 2013


2014
Kennedy Space Center
Kennedy Space Center, Florida

This is the old site for the Robotic Mining Competition, please bookmark the new official site: www.nasa.gov/offices/education/centers/kennedy/technology/nasarmc.html 

 

Table of Contents


› About the Competition › K-12 Students
› Eligibility and Registration › FIRST Robotics Teams
› Rules, Rubrics, FAQs, & Other Resources › College Recruitment Fair
› Categories & Awards › Press Kit
› Milestones & Events › Watch it Live!
› Tentative Itinerary › Contact us
› 2014 Competitors  
› Past Winners and Competitors  
› Sponsors



 

About the Competition:

NASA’s Fifth Annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition is for university-level students to design and build a mining robot that can traverse the simulated Martian chaotic terrain, excavate Martian regolith and deposit the regolith into a Collector Bin within 10 minutes.  There is particular relevance to NASA’s recently announced mission to find an asteroid by 2016 and then bring it to Cis-Lunar space.  The technology concepts developed by the university teams for this competition conceivably could be used to mine resources on Asteroids as well as Mars.  NASA will directly benefit from the competition by encouraging the development of innovative excavation concepts from universities which may result in clever ideas and solutions which could be applied to an actual excavation device or payload.  The unique physical properties of basaltic regolith and the reduced 1/3rd gravity make excavation a difficult technical challenge. Advances in Martian mining have the potential to significantly contribute to our nation’s space vision and NASA space exploration operations. 

The complexities of the challenge include the abrasive characteristics of the basaltic regolith simulant, the weight and size of the limitations of the mining robot, and the ability to control it from a remote center.  The scoring for the mining category will require teams to consider a number of design and operation factors such as dust tolerance and projection, communications, vehicle mass, energy/power required, and autonomy. 

The competition will be conducted by NASA at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The teams that can use telerobotic or autonomous operation to excavate the basaltic regolith simulant, called Black Point-1 or BP-1, and score the most points wins the Joe Kosmo Award for Excellence.  The team will receive the Joe Kosmo Award for Excellence trophy, KSC launch invitations, team certificates for each member, and a $5,000 team scholarship.  Awards for other categories include monetary team scholarships, a school trophy or plaque, team and individual certificates, and KSC launch invitations.

 Check out the NASA EDGE Show from the 2012 Robotic Mining Competition. Click here to download the show.
 


Eligibility & Registration:


Who is eligible to compete?
Undergraduate and graduate student teams enrolled in a U.S. college or university are eligible to enter NASA's Robotic Mining Competition. Design teams must include: at least one faculty with a college or university and at least two undergraduate or graduate students. NASA has not set an upper limit on team members. A team should have a sufficient number of members to successfully operate their mining robot. Registration is limited to the first 50 approved teams. Registration is limited to one team per university campus.  Registration for 2014 will open Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.   Click here to register.  Note:  Registration link will be inactive until registration officially opens.

What are the requirements to compete?
In accordance with the rules, teams will compete in up to five major competition categories including: on-site mining, systems engineering paper, outreach project, slide presentation (optional), and team spirit (optional). Additionally, teams can earn bonus points for mined and deposited BP-1 in the competition attempts.

What can teams win?
The team with the most points from all categories will win the grand prize, the Joe Kosmo Award for Excellence, and will receive the Joe Kosmo Award for Excellence trophy, team certificates for each member and KSC launch invitations, and a $5,000 team scholarship. Awards for other categories include monetary team scholarships, a school trophy or plaque, and team certificates.

It is the responsibility of the teams to read, understand, and abide by all of NASA's Fifth Annual Robotic Mining Competition Rules and Rubrics, stay updated with new FAQs, watch the webcasts, communicate with NASA's representatives, and complete all surveys.

 

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Rules, Rubrics, FAQs, & Other Resources:

NASA's Fifth Annual Robotic Mining Competition Rules and Rubrics can be viewed here: Robotic Mining Competition Rules (PDF).

 

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Categories & Awards


In addition to the awards listed below, school plaques and individual certificates will be awarded for exemplary performance in the following categories:
 

Category Required/
Optional
Due Dates Award Maximum Points
On-site Mining Required May 21-23, 2014 First place $3,000 team scholarship and Kennedy launch invitations 25
Second place $2,000 team scholarship and Kennedy launch invitations 20
Third place $1,000 team scholarship and Kennedy launch invitations

 

15
Teams not placing first, second, or third, will receive one point per kilogram mined and deposited

 

Up to 10
Systems Engineering Paper Required April 21, 2014 $500 team scholarship Up to 20
Outreach Project Report Required April 21, 2014 $500 team scholarship Up to 20
Slide Presentation and Demonstration Optional April 21, 2014 (pre-judging) and May 21-23, 2014 (on-site) $500 team scholarship Up to 20
Team Spirit Optional All Year $500 team scholarship Up to 15
         
         
Joe Kosmo Award for Excellence Grand Prize for Most Points All Year A school trophy, $5,000 team scholarship, and Kennedy launch invitations. 100 Point Max
Judges' Innovation Award Optional May 21-23, 2014 Trophy  
Efficient Use of Communications Power Award Optional May 21-23, 2014 Trophy  
Caterpillar Award for Full Autonomy sponsored by Caterpillar Inc. Optional May 21-23, 2014 First Place: $1,500 team scholarship; Second Place: $750 team scholarship; Third Place: $250 team scholarship  
Best Use of Social Media Award Optional All Year Trophy

 

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Milestones & Events
 
Deadlines & Dates
 
Webcast 1: October 4, 2013
Systems Engineering Paper April 21, 2014
Outreach Project Report April 21, 2014
Presentation (optional) April 21, 2014
Team Spirit All year
Rule #31 and #32 Documentation April 30, 2014
Team Check-in, Unload/Uncrate Mining Robot May 19, 2014 by 3:00 p.m.
Practice Days May 19 & 20, 2014
Competition Days

May 21, 22, & 23, 2014

Awards Ceremony Evening of May 23, 2014

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Tentative Itinerary



Monday, May 19, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Team Check-In & Mining Robot Unloading/Uncrating
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Pits Open
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Open Wireless Opportunity
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Mining Judges' Meeting
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. RF & Communications Inspections
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mining Robot Inspections
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Practice Time
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Open Wireless Opportunity
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Mining Robot Inspections
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. RF & Communications Inspections
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Practice Time
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Open Wireless Opportunity

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Pits Open
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Open Wireless Opportunity
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Mining Robot Inspections
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. RF & Communications Inspections
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Practice Time
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Open Wireless Opportunity
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Mining Robot Inspections
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Final RF & Communications Inspections
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Practice Time
2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Robotic Competition Faculty Networking, Workshop & Panel Discussion

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Pits Open
7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Open Wireless Opportunity
8:00 a.m.– 9:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony (attendance required by all teams)
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Official Competition
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Presentations and Demonstrations
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Official Competition
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Presentations and Demonstrations
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Open Wireless Opportunity on a non-interference basis with competition

Thursday, May 22, 2014
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Pits Open
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Open Wireless Opportunity on a non-interference basis with competition
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Official Competition
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Presentations and Demonstrations
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Official Competition
1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Presentations and Demonstrations
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Open Wireless Opportunity on a non-interference basis with competition

Friday, May 23, 2014
7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Pits Open
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Open Wireless Opportunity on a non-interference basis with competition
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Official Competition
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Presentations and Demonstrations
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Official Competition
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Presentations and Demonstrations
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. STEM College Recruitment Fair
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Team Photo Op with Participation Plaque
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Judges' Meeting and Mining Robot Crating/Loading/Pits Clean-up
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony*

*For team members, faculty advisors, judges, sponsors, planning team, volunteers, and special guests only.
 

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2014 Competitors

 

To be announced following registration.


 

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Past Winners and Competitors

Check out our past competition winners! Past Competition Winners

Check out our past competitors! Past Competitors


 

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2013 Sponsors

Lunar Sponsor
Caterpillar, Inc.


Bronze Sponsors
Harris Corporation
Honeybee Robotics Corporation
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA) Corporation
Ontario Drive & Gear / Argo
South African Space Resources Association (SASRA)
The LEGO Group

Copper Sponsor
igus, inc.

Other Contributors
Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts
Secor Strategies, LLC

 

2012 Sponsors

Lunar Sponsor
Caterpillar, Inc.

Gold Sponsor
Newmont Mining Corporation

Bronze Sponsors
Harris Corporation
igus, inc.
Ontario Drive & Gear / Argo
South African Space Resources Association (SASRA)
SpaceX
The LEGO Group
United Space Alliance

Copper Sponsors
AIAA Space Resources Technical Committee
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Honeybee Robotics Corporation
The Google Lunar X PRIZE/MoonBots Challenge Program

Other Contributors
Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts
Secor Strategies, LLC

 

2011 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor
Caterpillar, Inc.

Gold Sponsor
Newmont Mining Corporation

Bronze Sponsors
Honeybee Robotics Corporation
Harris Corporation

Copper Sponsors
The LEGO Group
Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts

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What is available for K-12 students?


Although this competition is for college students, there are many opportunities for younger students to participate. Click here to watch the K-12 1-minute promotional video.

Please see below to find out more information:

K-12 Grade Student Groups
K-12 grade students are invited to join us in the Exploration Station in the Center for Space Education at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex as we build and program LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT robots! Students will also have the opportunity to interact with the mining teams as they are participating in the Robotic Mining Competition. This will be a great opportunity for students to get some hands-on experience in robotics. You won't want to miss this exciting opportunity! Contact Amy at KSC's Education Resource Center at (321) 867-2959 to reserve your group's spot. School groups, summer camp groups, clubs, and community organizations are all welcome. Space and times are limited so call early. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex student guests are also welcome on a space available basis during the week.

For student group discounts to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, contact Kim at (321) 449-4832 or KCarpent@dncinc.com.
 

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FIRST Robotics Teams
FIRST Robotics Teams are invited to display and demonstrate your FIRST robot at NASA's Robotic Mining Competition. Please reserve your spot to display and demo your robot by May 9, 2014. Contact Elaine Voll at Elaine.Voll@nasa.gov for reservations.

 

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College Recruitment Fair for High School Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors are invited to participate in the Robotic Mining Competition College Recruitment Fair at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. NASA is hosting a college recruitment event focused on connecting high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education opportunities available at top colleges and universities across the nation. In addition, NASA scientists and engineers will be available to answer questions about specific majors and technical career paths.



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2013 Press Kit

2013 Lunabotics Press Kit

2012 Press Release

NASA'S 2013 Lunabotics Competition Open For Registration

2011 Press Release

NASA ANNOUNCES LUNABOTICS MINING COMPETITION WINNERS

2010 Press Releases

Inaugural Lunabotics Mining Competition Goes Live With NASA EDGE
NASA Invites Reporters to Inaugural Lunabotics Competition

2009 Press Release

NASA Announces Lunar Exploration Competition for Students

 

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Watch it live!

The competition is open to the public. However, it is held in the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex which requires an admission ticket. Tickets may be purchased at: http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/buy-tickets.aspx.

NASA EDGE will be streaming live coverage during the competition again this year. Even if you cannot come to Kennedy Space Center, you may watch it live at http://www.ustream.tv/nasaedge.

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Contact us:

All inquiries must be emailed to:

 

  Bethanne Hull, Wichita Tribal Enterprises, LLC
  Kennedy Education Projects Office
  Lunabotics Mining Competition Project Coordinator
  E-mail: Bethanne.Hull@nasa.gov

 

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Page Last Updated: August 21st, 2013
Page Editor: Bethanne Hull