UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA ASTROBOTICS TEAM WINS FIFTH-STRAIGHT TITLE
Alabama is known for its dynasty on the football field, but another Crimson Tide team has been just as successful. The University of Alabama Astrobotics Team recently won the NASA Robotic Mining Competition for the fifth straight year.
UA’s 60-member team bested 27 other robotics teams from around the nation. They were tasked with building a robot that could navigate lunar and Martian soil and dig for samples.
“There was a lot of teaching and learning going on whereas in previous years it’s a lot of just building what we can think of and going with it,” team member Max Eastepp said. “So the team dynamic was very different this year and being able to actually teach all of these newer members was very interesting this year.”
The team’s robot, named Stressie Bessie, extracted 33 kilograms in 10 minutes.