SSU EE Students Placed Among Finalists in NASA Lunabotics Competition

November 2, 2021
A 3D Model of the EE Team's Mining Robot for NASA Lunabotics - 2021

A 3D Model of the EE Team's Mining Robot for NASA Lunabotics - 2021

Our engineering student team's NASA Lunabotics Competition project plan has been ranked in the top 50 and placed in the finalist to compete onsite at NASA Kennedy Space Center in May 2022. NASA LUNABOTICS supports NASA’s lunar technology development by focusing on lunar construction with a challenge to build robots to simulate building a section of a berm on the lunar surface.

Our student team consists of Bryce Jensen (team leader), Forest Yllescas, Jason Knight-Han, Jesus Perez Quintero, and Walter Foster. The team aims to accomplish this project in an efficient, safe manner and provide upgrade paths for future work on higher levels of automation. Sonoma State University, being in the competition for the first time, will lay out the groundwork for future teams to work on robotic systems and perform systems engineering tasks. The project is mentored by engineering faculty, Dr. Nansong Wu, and has received $6K funding from NASA.

Currently, the team is recruiting members that have experience with website development, project pitching, and fundraising. Current students including undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Wu.

The student team is also accepting donations to fund additional features of the robot as well as travel to the NASA Kennedy Space Center. If you are interested in donating to the student team, please contact the engineering department.