From the Mines Newsroom: Colorado School of Mines, in partnership with Lockheed Martin, announced today 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.
“This challenge builds on the rapid progress made in the field of Space Resources in recent years to address a problem of great practical significance. Being able to effectively move large quantities of regolith while minimizing the creation of harmful dust is critical to long-term human presence on the Moon,” said Dr. Angel Abbud-Madrid, director of the Center for Space Resources and the Space Resources graduate program at Colorado School of Mines.