Auburn robotics team excels in NASA LUNABOTICS Challenge

Published: August 13, 2021

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The Auburn University Robotic Mining Challenge Team recently placed 12th in the NASA RMC LUNABOTICS Challenge, an annual competition offering students practical experience in the full engineering lifecycle.

This year’s competition included more than 50 teams from across the country which were tasked with designing, building and operating an autonomous robot able to traverse a simulated off-world terrain and excavating simulated lunar soil.

For Auburn’s team, the challenge presented an extra dimension of difficulty.

“Due to restrictions caused by the pandemic, our team moved into a new lab space, designed and built an entirely new rover,” said team adviser Chad Rose, assistant professor of mechanical engineering. "They then held their own against teams carrying over half a design from previous years."

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Submitted by: Jeremy Henderson