The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo’s Space Robotics Team heads to Kennedy Space Center, Florida, for the its inaugural appearance at the NASA Robotic Mining Competition (RMC) event on May 16–20.
The competition is for university-level students to design and build a mining robot that can traverse the simulated Martian chaotic terrain. The team of six students officially represents the University of Hawai‘i at this prestigious national event.
The team’s mining robot (named “Spock” after a famous Vulcan), will collect and navigate avoiding obstacles to scoop Mars regolith simulant, then transport to the collection bin at the starting gate within a 10-minute competition heat.
The team is comprised of UH Hilo students Ethan Paguirigan, Carli Hand, Daryl Albano, Derek Hand, Stephane Mapes and Michael Weber with faculty team leader Marc Roberts.