Colorado School of Mines, in partnership with Lockheed Martin have teamed up to host a new global student design challenge open to student teams from any accredited university worldwide. The Over the Dusty Moon Challenge will address a topic of increasing practical concern as humans move toward a sustainable presence on the Moon’s surface. The challenge will task student teams to design, build and demonstrate a system that can convey lunar regolith (or soil) both horizontally and vertically. Regolith conveyance is a key technology to enable the use of lunar soil for resource processing, construction, and manufacturing on the Moon. The challenge begins today and international participation is welcome.
The competition will take place over two phases: Phase 1 will culminate with the submission of the conveyance system design. Due Nov. 29, 2021, these submissions will be judged by a panel of experts from Lockheed Martin, Mines and the Space Resources community. The top entries from Phase 1 will be invited to participate in Phase 2, where teams will be tasked with building a prototype of their conveyance system and then demonstrating the systems on the Mines campus in June 2022. Prizes will include cash awards and the opportunity for the top teams to present their project at the Space Resources Roundtable international conference, which will take place right after the challenge at the Mines campus.
For more information and to register for the challenge, go to: https://www.overthedustymoon.com