Mission and About Us
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.
Introducing your 2017-2018 University of Alabama Astrobotics Team!
Wrapping up Outreach 2018
As the competition comes closer and the semester winds down, we are finishing up many of our outreach initiatives! The team was able to participate in both "Girls Do Science" and the Alabama Robotics Competition on Saturday, April 7th, 2018. Head on over to the RMC 2018 Outreach page to learn more about our outreach events for the entire cycle.
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