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Meet the 16 teams competing in the 2015 Sample Return Robot Challenge

Sixteen robotics teams, ranging from university students to small businesses, are preparing to compete June 8-13 in the fourth running of the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge for a prize purse of $1.5 million.

Map of the 2015 Sample Return Robot teams
NASA/MSFC/Janet Sudnik

Watch them compete live June 10-12 on our Ustream feed here.

Here’s a look at where this year’s competitors are from:

Returning teams:

  • Formicarum of Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Survey of Los Angeles
  • West Virginia University Mountaineers, Morgantown
  • Gather of Alexandria, Virginia
  • Lunambotics of Mexico City
  • Middleman of Dunedin, Florida
  • Oregon State University of Corvallis
  • The Retrievers of Schenectady, New York
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rock Raiders of Troy, New York
  • Wunderkammer of Topanga, California

New teams:

  • Army of Angry Robots of Silicon Valley, California
  • MAXed OUT of San Jose, California
  • Mind and Iron of Needham, Massachusetts
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Robotics Team of Cambridge
  • Sirius of South Hadley, Massachusetts
  • National Autonomous University of Mexico

Learn more about the challenge here.