The NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition

The NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition is a showcase of student excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, encouraging students around the world to develop solutions to tomorrow’s problems. Each team builds either a remote-controlled or autonomous robot whose goal is to collect and deposit as much simulated regolith (lunar soil) as possible in ten minutes. Design challenges include considerations of the physical properties of regolith, the vacuum environment, and penalties for weight and data transmission. The competition attracts high-performing students from around the world.

McGill LunarEx Robotics participated in this competition from 2008 to 2013, until NASA restricted access to only teams from the United States. The team finished on a high note, however, collecting 10.3 kg of Lunar Regolith and placing 12th overall! Members of LunarEx later moved on to found McGill Robotics.

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The CanSat Competition

McGill Robotics competed in the AAS’s and AIAA’s Annual CanSat Competition. The competition took place from July 13 –15 , 2014, in Burkett, Texas. Each team was required to design and build a small sensor payload that can travel  through a planetary atmosphere and sample the atmospheric composition during descent.

The CanSat team, though experiencing some setbacks, had a good experience participating in the competition for the first time. McGill Robotics placed 31st in the competition.

The competition itself takes place every year in the Jim Burkett Ranch, shown on the map to the right.  The top teams win prize money and the opportunity to connect with the most prominent companies in the industry.  For more information, please see the competition website!


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