Lunabotics provides accredited institutions of higher learning students (vocational-technical, college, university) an opportunity to apply the NASA systems engineering process to design and build a prototype robot. This robot would be capable of performing the proposed operations on the Lunar surface in support of future Artemis mission goals.
For more information on how to navigate the NASA Gateway OSTEM Application Website see “Appendix A. Gateway Team Application Instructions” at the end of the Lunabotics Guidebook. The Team Lead starts the team application process and then invites students and faculty advisor(s) to apply within the website.
Authentic, hands-on learning experiences give students in middle school all the way through graduate school a chance to flex their design and engineering skills as they build and launch high-powered rockets, design robots capable of mining the Moon’s surface or traversing difficult lunar terrain, create human-powered rovers, and test technologies and tools to assist future astronauts working on the Moon.
This series introduces the key products and techniques of systems engineering and how to apply them to your project. The focus is on university-level projects and competitions such as NASA LUNABOTICS and NASA MINDS, but is applicable more widely to projects in general.
With Artemis missions, NASA will land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon, using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before.
Technology Drives Exploration
NASA technology development supports the nation’s innovation economy by creating solutions for space exploration that also generate tangible benefits for life on Earth. NASA is investing in the future of innovation.
In-Situ Resource Utilization
When NASA returns to the Moon with the Artemis program, we plan to put in place sustainable infrastructure that will allow us to explore and study more of the Moon than ever before.
NASA’s Plans to Travel Beyond the Moon
Artemis 1 will be the first integrated test of NASA’s deep space exploration systems: the Orion spacecraft, Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and the ground systems at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
NASA 2022: A Year of Innovation
With a budget increase of more than 6% from the previous year, NASA will continue to boost its ingenuity in exploration, technology, aeronautics and science. This is a year of innovation.
Time-lapse of Core Stage Stacking
The Space Launch System rocket core stage for the first Artemis mission was lifted and stacked in the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center. The core stage was placed in between the already stacked twin solid rocket boosters on the mobile launcher.
A 360 Look at the Artemis I Core Stage Lift and Mate
Get the full Space Launch System core stage experience, and watch in 360 degrees as teams lift the largest part of the rocket in the transfer aisle of the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and move it over to High Bay 3.
A 360 Look at the Artemis I Launch Vehicle Stage Adapter Lift
The stage adapter sits between the massive core stage of the rocket and the interim cryogenic propulsion stage.