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Montana Tech Robotic Mining Club

$4,330
86%
Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
9 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on January 31, at 03:08 AM MST
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Montana Tech Robotic Mining Club

The Montana Tech NASA Robotic Mining Club competes annually at the NASA Robotic Mining competition at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  The goal of our team is to design, build and compete against other universities.  The goal of the competition is to move as much simulated Martian surface material from one end of the course to the other using the robot designed.  Students in our club do the bulk of the work.  Currently we are redesigning the robot to be lighter, autonomous, and able to dig deeper. 

We need to buy materials to improve our current design.  This includes stock aluminum pieces, geared motors, linear actuators, laser range finders, conveyor belts, motor controllers, and other hardware.

Our robot was very close to the weight limit last year, and we intend to lose weight.

Though we mined well, our dumping system was not able to evacuate everything it mined.  We are currently designing these improvements.

Approximately 30 students participate and 10 students make the trip in May to Florida.

Students include everyone from Freshman through graduate school.

We are hoping to raise $5000 to help us realize our improved design and excel at next year's competition.

 

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$15

Asteroid Level

At this level you are literally helping with the 'nuts and bolts" for our build. Thank you for supporting the MT Tech Robotics Mining Club!

$50

Moon Level

At this level you help purchase a gear box or Motor Controller. Thank you for supporting the MT Tech Robotics Mining Club!

$100

Pluto Level

At this level you help purchase a Linear Actuator or Large Gear Box. Thank you for supporting the MT Tech Robotics Mining Club!

$500

Mars Level

At this level you help us purchase all motor controllers as well as additional needed parts. Thank you for supporting the MT Tech Robotics Mining Club!

$1,000

Saturn Level

At this level you help purchase all linear actuators as well as additional needed parts. Thank you for supporting the MT Tech Robotics Mining Club!

$5,000

Jupiter Level

At this level you help purchase all linear actuators as well as the frame and conveyor system and other needed parts. Thank you for supporting the MT Tech Robotics Mining Club!