International teams at Mines for 2nd Over the Dusty Moon Challenge

Jun 1, 2023 | News

University students from around the world gathered on May 31-June 1 at Mines for the second annual Over the Dusty Moon Challenge. Mines and Lockheed Martin hosted the competition with five teams to demonstrate the most effective system for conveying lunar regolith both horizontally and vertically.  SpaceTeam AGH, a student team from AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland was the winner followed by 2nd-place Aussienauts from University of New South Wales, Australia, and 3rd-place Spaceship EAC from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Spain, TU Delft in Netherlands, EEIGM in France, RWTH Achen University in Germany, and Universita di Pisa in Italy.  For the challenge, teams had to demonstrate the prototype systems they designed and built to move lunar regolith from one area to another while also sorting out larger rocks from the finer particles. Teams were judged based on the amount of regolith simulant transported, system mass, energy consumed, dust tolerance and generation, autonomy and overall performance.