The students of Delhi University’s Kirori Mal College along with the engineering students of the Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) are these days building a robot.
A team of twenty nine people will be soon participating in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Fourth Annual Lunabotics Mining Competition .
It is to be held at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida in May 2013. It is to be however noted that out of the twenty nine, only a core group of students accompanied by the faculty would be representing the entire team at the event in Florida.
Students from BSc (H) Physics from Kirori Mal College and BTech Innovation (mathematics & IT) students from CIC will be working on designing and building a robot that can perform mining on the moon’s surface, while the physics students will be working on the mechanical part of the robot.
The Software part will be taken care of by the B Tech innovation students. At the moment, the team has already completed the making of the base of the robot and is now working on the front conveyor, that will perform the mining.
The robot, which has been named ‘Lunabot’ will be autonomous in nature. According to the space organization, the moon is capable of human settlements, for which mining of its surface is a pre requisite.