We are Alabama Astrobotics, a robotics team at The University of Alabama that competes each year in NASA's Robotic Mining Competition at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL. In addition to designing, building, and testing our robot throughout the year, we coordinate and participate in several outreach efforts with the University of Alabama/Tuscaloosa community. Our goal is to ignite a feeling of excitement within K-12 students for pursuing STEM careers.
Working in the New Lab
There have been many early mornings and late nights in our new lab already. The team is putting in a lot of work to make this another great year!
Team Picture: Check!
Just before winter break, the team put on their khakis and braved the cold weather to pose for our 2018-2019 team picture.
Reviewing the Robot
Alabama Astrobotics team went over the initial design for parts of the robot. We are well on our way to the RMC this May!
The children of the RISE school attended a fun trick-or-treating session at H.M. Comer on the University of Alabama campus. Our team created a candy off-loading belt to fill the kids' buckets with loads of treats!
Alabama Astrobotics Reaches New Depths at NASA RMC 2018
The 2017-2018 Alabama Astrobotics team achieved a tremendous feat at RMC 2018, becoming 5 time national champions! Our team was able to mine past 12 inches of BP-1 to reach a layer of icy regolith and transport the regolith to the designated off-loading bin. We are so proud of last year's team and looking forward to another exciting and successful cycle.
The 2017-2018 Astrobotics Team!
Bailey's Car Progress
We've come a long way on Bailey's car, check out all these modifications!
HUGE thanks to Dynetics for partnering with the University of Alabama College of Engineering and Alabama Astrobotics to invest in the future of so many students. Team members (L to R) Alison Varner, Max Eastepp, Rebecca Dietz, and Jonathan Blake were honored to meet with Dynetics representatives and accept a portion of the donation on behalf of the team. The article detailing the donation can be found here.
The University of Alabama
NASA RMC 2015
NASA RMC Information
Alabama Astrobotics competes in NASA's Robotic Mining Competition, a competition in which university-level students design and build a mining robot that can traverse the simulated Martian chaotic terrain.
2017-2018 Team Members
Our Team is comprised of engineers from many disciplines within the University of Alabama's College of Engineering
NASA Sample Return Information
The given objective of the Sample Return Robot Challenge is "to develop new technologies or apply existing technologies in unique ways to create robots that can autonomously seek out samples and return to a designated point in a set time period. Robots will be required to navigate over unknown terrain, around obstacles, and in varied lighting conditions to identify, retrieve, and return these samples." -WPI Challenge Rules