Multiplanetary INnovation Enterprise (MINE) has begun recruiting for the Fall 2023 semester. If you are interested in supporting our goal to develop technologies that can withstand the harsh environments on Earth or across space, then MINE is the right place for you!
If you are interested and would like more information, please come see us at our info session on Thursday, March 23, 2023, 6-7 p.m. in MEEM 111, or on Monday, March 27, 6-7 p.m. in MEEM 111. Pizza will be served at both meetings.
Please complete the application by Friday, March 31, 2023.
Who We Are
The Multiplanetary INnovation Enterprise (MINE) is a student-led group that is focused on giving students hands-on experience designing, building, and testing remotely operated vehicles to run in extreme environments, including an annual competition run by NASA.
The enterprise offers students independence in their learning and strengthens their skills in communication, time management, problem-solving, presentation and technical writing skills, project management, and leadership. While our hands-on projects focus on building skills and learning concepts, we emphasize small groups, collaboration, and teamwork.
We are currently working on 3 projects:
· Lunabotics Astro-Huskies are developing and building a lunar rover for NASA’s annual robotic mining competition. This year our focus was developing a robot to mine icy regolith on the moon however in the future our goal will be more construction oriented.
· DIVER (Deep Investigation Vehicle for Energy Resources) aims to impact the energy industry by providing it with an inspection vehicle for the exploration of flooded mines. The technical challenges of this project include making the vehicle capable of withstanding extreme water-pressure, navigating dynamic currents, and the collection of water-quality and spatial data.
· Lunar Trencher is building and testing a bucket ladder excavator attachment for a lunar field rover where the goal is to make it space rated. The team is currently working on getting the trencher into a vacuum chamber that simulates lunar conditions, to demonstrate that it could operate on the moon.