Each year, NASA hosts a robotics competition challenging university teams to build a robot that can endure the hazards of extra-terrestrial mining operations. During the competition, our robot must complete the following tasks within a 10 min window: collect and deposit the most gravel by mass, autonomously traverse simulated lunar terrain and avoid obstacles, and effectively manage the dust produced during mining
Lunabotics is a very broad organizations with many specialties to dive into. Specializations are typically grouped into Subteams, with a Subteam lead organizing development, but all Subteams work closely together.
Autonomy focuses on: positioning, obstacle detection, and pathfinding. Subteam: Software
Electronics connects and powers electrical components. Subteam: Power and Hardware.
Drivetrain develops the robot chassis and drivetrain. Subteam: Drivetrain
Excavation manages mining, storage, and deposition of gravel. Subteam: Excavation & Deposition (Ex-Dep)
Controls handles motor control algorithms and commands to ensure faithful execution. Subteam: Software
Everyone helps with manufacturing with a dedicating subteam handling scheduling and standards. Subteams: Manufacturing, All
Lunabotics is a place you actually get to come apply skills learned in class and be immersed in a professional development process.
This club will open many doors for you as you begin your career.
- Michael Esry
Lunabotics is an incredible opportunity to work on a large-scale project with both rich disciplinary and interdisciplinary foci.
- Nathan Merz