Moon Roundup: Robot Olympics
Team robots took on fresh challenges, including sand dunes---and each other!
By Nick Azer on March 05, 2014
This week, in the Google Lunar XPRIZE...
Two robots teamed up to take on some big challenges---including cliffs (sort of)!---while the other teams busted myths and explored Moon rover technology:
Team Hakuto showed of their cool new rappelling system, with their small TETRIS robot using a rope to scale down a sand dune, while the MOONRAKER robot kept hold:
Meanwhile, Team Indus took a closer look at the robots---all built by students---that are competing for a place on their Moon mission:
"I woke up so inspired by the passion and excitement I saw at @Moon_Ex yesterday. They are the reason kids should want to get into #STEM." -Kari Byron, Mythbusters
Meanwhile, Astrobotic took a look at the construction and design of their robot's Moon camera:
40m is Short
While Barcelona Moon looked at how far Yutu traveled on the Moon, and what that's like compared to what teams have to do to win the Google Lunar XPRIZE:
And Euroluna talked about their vacuum chamber testing---one of the last steps before sending their Romit-1 spacecraft on a test mission into space:
The Young and the Rocket Scientists
While, last but not least, the wacky young rocket scientists of Penn State Lunar Lion were at it again, this time terrorizing the student HUB while posing the question: if the student HUB was a rocket, what planet would you go to?
I'll be rounding up these news & fun items every week, so keep an eye here for the latest developments from your moon race!
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[February 26th-March 4th, 2014.]