Oct
25
2009

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$750,000 prize for moving dirt

NASA is using prize money to create innovative solutions to building a base on the moon. The Regolith Excavation Challenge promotes the development of new technologies to excavate lunar regolith (moving moon dirt). In order to qualify, a team must excavate at least 150kg (330 lbs) of lunar regolith simulant (JSC-1A) within 30 minutes. For the first time in three years, teams took home the prize money.

  • 1st Place, $500,000: Paul's Robotics, Moonraker Robot
    = 439 kg excavated
  • 2nd Place, $150,000: Terra Engineering
    = 270.6 kg excavated
  • 3rd Place, $100,000: Team Braundo
    = 263.75 kg excavated

To learn more use the links on the California Space Education and Workforce Institute website.

$2 million Lunar Lander Challenge finish this week

Stay tuned for more from the NASA Centennial Challenges as the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge wraps up this week (Oct. 26 - 31). The Astronaut Glove Challenge will also take place on November 18-19 in Florida.

Armadillo Aerospace is winning again

Armadillo Aerospace took home $350,000 last year and has already qualified for a million dollars this year. Check out this FAQ page to learn how Armadillo was founded by DOOM and Quake computer game developer, John Carmack. Click this link to see videos, photos, and more about Armadillo Aerospace.

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