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To showcase its world-class technology leadership, Caterpillar Inc. is supporting the NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition at the Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida. The event, May 27-28, 2010, is designed to engage and retain college students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
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The Lunabotics Mining Competition is a university level competition designed to engage and retain students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). NASA will directly benefit from the competition by encouraging the development of innovative lunar excavation concepts from universities which may result in clever ideas and solutions that could be applied to an actual lunar excavation device or payload. The challenge is for students to design and build a remote controlled or autonomous excavator (lunabot) that can collect and deposit a minimum of 10 kg of lunar simulant within 15 minutes. The complexities of the challenge include the abrasive characteristics of the lunar simulant, the weight and size limitations of the lunabot, and the ability to control the lunabot from a remote control centre. Twenty two teams from around the nation are ready to compete at the Kennedy Space Centre Astronaut Hall of Fame on May 27-28.
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MSU robot to dig "moon dirt" in national contest at Kennedy Space Centre

A Montana State University robot that sometimes had a spooky mind of its own is at the Kennedy Space Centre to see if it can dig more moon dirt than any other student-built robot.
In a May 27-28 competition sponsored by NASA, an MSU engineering student will remotely steer the 120-pound robot through a giant sandbox so it avoids craters and rocks, then removes as much simulated moon dirt as possible in 15 minutes.

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