In the first competition of its kind on the Big Island, seven college teams – including Iowa State University – will put their robots to the test in an inaugural space mining simulation on the slope of Mauna Kea.
The teams from across the United States will face off July 23-24 at the site to see whose machines make the best extraterrestrial excavators. Their task is to collect and transport as much soil, made up of basaltic tephra and ash, as they can within 10 minutes. An awards ceremony will follow July 25.
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