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Students working on a Lunabotics mining craft

Lunabotics Challenge

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.

Learn More about Lunabotics Challenge

Requirements Released

Aug. 09, 2023

Proposals Due

Sept. 13, 2023


Vocational / Technical Schools, Colleges / Universities in the U.S.

Location and Date

Kennedy Space Center,
May 13 -17, 2024


The 2024 Lunabotics Challenge Qualification event will be taking place at the University of Central Florida’s Exolith Lab.

The guidebook for this event is can be found here: Lunabotics Challenge – Exolith Lab

How to Apply

NASA Gateway OSTEM Application Portal

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.

Apply Here
Inside the Lunarena, university students maneuver their remote-controlled excavators, called Lunabots, in a "sand box" of BP-1.

Join Artemis!

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.

Learn More about Join Artemis!
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Contact Us

NASA Project Manager 

Richard Johanboeke


Public Inquiries

John F. Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center, FL 32899

Phone: 321.867.5000