The Mountaineers were awarded $100,000 in prize money for successfully completing Level 2 of NASA’s Sample Return Robot Challenge, part of the agency’s Centennial Challenges prize program, at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts June 10-12.
During Level 2 of NASA’s Sample Return Robot Challenge, the robot designed and built by West Virginia University team had two hours to return autonomously at least two undamaged samples, including a sample known previously to the team and one introduced the day of the competition.
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