How to Enter
To enter, teams must (1) fill in the registration form, and (2) submit a report with their design and approach via email to email@example.com. Selected teams will be invited to build and test their system at the in-person challenge held at the Colorado School of Mines in June, 2022.
Teams must be made up of undergraduate and/or graduate students from an accredited university. International participation is welcome. Read the full rules document for eligibility details.
Registration and entries are due on Nov 29, 2021. Invited teams will be notified by December 20, and the in-person challenge will take place in June, 2022 (specific dates TBD).
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Deadline for entries
Entries must be submitted by 11:59 pm Mountain Time
Notification to invitees
Teams will be notified if they are invited to compete in the in-person challenge
Hosted at the Colorado School of Mines
Hosted in beautiful Golden, Colorado
Prizes at the in-person challenge will include cash, travel coverage, free registration for the Space Resources Roundtable held immediately after, and more.
Colorado School of Mines
Mines is located in Golden, Colorado, only 15 miles west of downtown Denver. For questions about visiting campus or events, please call 303-384-2027.
We are honored to be hosting the challenge with Lockheed Martin, the prime sponsor
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Can team members be from different universities?
Yes, as long as each team member is currently enrolled as a student at an accredited/licensed university, and a faculty advisor is identified.
Is there a minimum or maximum number of team members?
For the Phase 1 submission there is no minimum or maximum. We may limit the number of members per team who can attend the in-person Phase 2 competition, but this will be determined at a later date.
Are there contingency plans for travel in terms of COVID restrictions?
At this time we expect that by June 2022, all travel restrictions will be relaxed. If this is not the case then an alternative plan will be put in place to accommodate as many of the invited teams as possible.
Is the regolith hopper adjustable? Can the flow be turned off?
Teams should assume the hopper is fully adjustable and can be turned on or off with the flow rate adjusted; a maximum value is provided in the rules document.
Can we assume that there will be astronauts on the surface to assemble the system.
Yes. In general, any assumptions made should be stated in the report.
It may be cost prohibitive to build and ship the prototype system. Are there ways to mitigate this?
We fully expect that the prototype systems (for Phase 2) can be cobbled together with spare parts, built in a garage, etc. For Phase 2, we plan to establish a sponsor matching program to help teams with costs, especially international teams. We also encourage teams to seek out sponsorship from industrial partners where possible.
How big should teams be?
As large as they need to be.
How much mass, volume, and power are available?
Teams should state their assumptions about the resources they need. Consult the scoring rubric in the rules document for more details about how these may be scored.
Should systems be autonomous?
Any combination of automation and teleoperation is permitted.
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