Arkaroola Mars Robot Challenge Completes Expedition

Arkaroola Mars Robot Challenge Completes Expedition

Earlier this month I wrote about how pro-am teams from India and Australia are conducting Mars analog research in the Mars Society of Australia’s Arkaroola Mars Robot Challenge. The 16-day expedition concluded on July 20. Here are some highlights from the expedition diary and other sources:

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CanSats: Satellites-in-a-can lets students do space research

Space agencies and space companies often complain that too many young engineers graduate without any practical experience. CanSats let universities give students experience with all stages of a space-related mission: proposal, design, engineering, launch, data acquisition, analysis, and report. These satellites-in-a-can may not actually reach Outer Space, but they give college students - and high school students - experience they need to work on real space missions.

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Amateur Space News April 17, 2014

News today about some of the teachers who will conduct research on Nasa’s 747-based flying observatory, a new press release from CosmoQuest, and a Near Space flight for a college mascot.

 

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Nasa Sample Return Robot Challenge

Nasa will award teams up to $1.5 million to build autonomous robotic rovers that can navigate an unfamiliar terrain and collect samples in the Sample Return Robot Challenge. Teams of amateur robotics enthusiasts, robotics engineering students, and private industry come to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute once a year to compete in Nasa’s.

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