Honeybee Robotics is proud to sponsor the 2017 Caltech Space Challenge, a contest designed to harness student talent to devise solutions to near-term space exploration challenges.
The 2017 challenge taking place March 26-31 focuses on planning a mission to build Lunarport, a launch and supply station for deep space missions. This challenge aims to create a solution for the challenge of exploring deep space that circumvents the high cost of launching materials from Earth’s gravity well. Instead, the Lunarport vision is to use lunar in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) that allows larger (more massive) payloads to be launched from Earth, bringing deep space a little closer for human exploration. Lunarport would aid a range of future exploration missions including landing humans on Mars, Europa, or even an asteroid.
The 32 student participants in the Caltech Space Challenge are selected from a pool of over 800 applicants. They are divided into two teams and after receiving the mission statement they have 5 days to design the best mission plan, which they present on the final day to a jury of industry experts.
Honeybee Robotics is sponsoring this event to further student interest and expertise with future ISRU missions. As part of the sponsorship, Dr. Kris Zacny, Director of Honeybee’s Exploration Technologies Group, is presenting the range of enabling technologies for ISRU from the Moon, Mars, and near-Earth objects Honeybee is developing, including the Planetary Volatiles Extractor, Resource Prospector Drill, and Spider Water Extractor.