Carnegie Mellon Students Win 2013 NASA Flight Opportunities
A group of students at Carnegie Mellon University won the 2013 NASA Undergraduate Student Instrument Project Educational Flight Opportunities. The team will put together a sensor package consisting of a LiDAR, stereo cameras, thermal camera, IMU, and GPS for the purpose of overhead modeling of a pit on earth. This opportunity will serve as a technical demonstration of the feasibility of these technologies for planetary exploration such as scanning and modeling skylights on the Moon, Mars, and asteroids. The students will work closely with Astrobotic employees to develop their sensor package by modifying and iterating on the current Astrobotic Autolanding Sensor shown below. The 18-month long project will culminate in a final demonstration in the Mojave desert on one of Masten Space System's rockets.