Winning robotics team to be given Washington welcome

The West Virginia Mountaineers, winners of NASA’s 2015 Sample Return Robot Challenge, will be recognised for their achievement in a US Senate event next Monday, 21 September.

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.


Bill Condie

Bill Condie

Bill Condie is a science journalist based in Adelaide, Australia.

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