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RBE MQP Preliminary Design Review: NASA RMC Lunabotics


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WPI Robotics Engineering
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm


NASA RMC Lunabotics

MQP Preliminary Design Review

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Virtual: Please email Lisa Spalding, for the zoom link


Abstract: The goal of this project is to build an autonomous mining rover able to compete in the 2021 NASA RMC. This includes the ability to navigate rough terrain, mine up to 20kg of simulated lunar regolith, and deliver the regolith safely to a specified collection container. This original robot design will be constructed primarily of aluminum and 3-d printed parts, utilizing mechanisms such as four-bars and linear actuators. The team intends to make the robot able to complete the challenge fully autonomously, with a customized dashboard delivering up-to-date information to a human monitor for safe operation.


MQP Team Members: David Houbre, John Mushatt, Lisa Spalding, Shane Villafana, Keming Wang

MQP Advisors: Prof. Joshua Cuneo (Advisor), Prof. Kenneth Stafford (co-Advisor), Prof. Therese Smith (co-Advisor), Prof. Michael Ciraldi (co-Advisor)