Tuesday, November 24, 2009

2009-10 NASA University Design Contest in Exploration Systems

Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Student Challenge: We have expanded the contest beyond rover exploration of the lunar surface. The new challenge is to design tools and instrumentation for human and robotic exploration on the moon.

The NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate and the Exploration Technology Development Program encourage college students to design tools and instruments needed for future human and robotic exploration of the moon. Student projects will tackle real problems required for successful lunar missions. An expanded list of example problems will be posted to Design Challenge page soon. Check back often for new FAQ and other information.

Contest News
* NASA rover fact sheets

Moon Work Contestants visit Desert RATS near Flagstaff, AZ

In September, the top three scoring teams from the 2009 Moon Work contest attended the NASA Desert Research and Technology Studies (D-RATS) lunar analog test site at Black Point Lava Flow north of Flagstaff, AZ. After touring the equipment stations at the site, the students gave a brief overview of their contest projects to a group of scientists, engineers and technicians. Joe Kosmo, D-RATS project manager, gave each of the teams an engraved award plaque to commemorate their achievement.
View more Desert RATS photos.

First Place Award
University of Maryland
Left to Right: Nick D'Amore, Breanne McNerney, Joe Kosmo, Nitin Sydney

Second Place Award
University of Akron
Left to Right: Ben Magistro, Courtney Gras,
Joe Kosmo

hird Place Award Texas A&M University
Left to Right: Joe Kosmo, Keri Bean, Dion Delao, Grant Atkinson, Matt Requa, Chardae Mollere-Rodriquez, Trevor Saultz

Moon Contest 2009 student field trip outside of Meteor Crater, AZ

A free license or seat of Pro/ENGINEER Schools Edition 3-D Computer Aided Design (CAD) software is available to all students that enter the contest. Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) manufactures the software and will provide one license to each university student that declares a entry to the contest. The corporation has made this offer in the hopes of improving student’s ability to use the program, thus improving the engineering skill set of the future workforce. If you would like to have Pro/ENGINEER, please email the contest administrator for details. Please note: The use of Pro/ENGINEER is not required for contest participation, nor is NASA endorsing the software or its manufacturer. Click here for information.


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