Cyclone Space Mining launches new concept for NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition

This story is courtesy of the ISU News Service.  AMES, Iowa – It’s a brand new mission for the student-engineers of Cyclone Space Mining. Instead of going after the dusty, gritty top layer of simulated Martian soil in a NASA arena, the space miners need their robot to dig deeper and harvest chunks of buried … Continue reading Cyclone Space Mining launches new concept for NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition

Team LunaCY learns from second year of competition, impresses judges with design

  By Rick Hanton, Iowa State Lunabotics Team member and Chairman of SEDS-USA On May 21, 2011, two 15-passenger vans trekked 1,400 miles across country from Ames, Iowa, to the Space Coast in Florida. It was a long 26-hour drive for the team of engineers from Iowa State University who had been tirelessly preparing for … Continue reading Team LunaCY learns from second year of competition, impresses judges with design

Moon Shot: Student Team Takes Robot to NASA Lunar Mining Competition

(Update: Watch video of the competition.) It doesn’t stack cubes of trash or watch old movie musicals. And it’s never going to develop a crush on some sleek and sexy EVE. But WALL-E’s real-world cousin may one day mine minerals on the moon’s surface—a critical function in establishing the first permanent lunar colonies. Meet the Astro Robotic … Continue reading Moon Shot: Student Team Takes Robot to NASA Lunar Mining Competition