Our Projects

ORBIT 1

NASA Robotic Mining Competition 2018


72kg

150cm x 75cm x 70cm

$29,000

24V, 1- 22.5V LiPo Battery

9 months of construction

Atlas 7

NASA Robotic Mining Competition 2017


39kg

120cm x 56cm x 73cm

$13,000

24V, 1- 22.5V LiPo Battery

7 months of construction

Atlas 6

Prototype, NASA Robotic Mining Competition


19kg

98cm x 47cm x 72cm

$4,000

24V, 1- 22.5V LiPo Battery

4 months of construction

ORBIT 1

Operation Robot Built In Tandon

NASA Robotic Mining Competition 2018

The ORBIT 1 rover was designed to be a robust, high volume robotic miner for the NASA Robotic Mining Competition. It employed an adjustable, central excavation drum, mounted on a carbon fiber frame, and can reach a theoretical mining rate of 2kg of BP-1 (Martian Regolith Simulant) per minute.

The concept of the effectiveness of a "digging wheel" has been proved by the previous Atlas series miners. The primary concept behind ORBIT 1's design is using a high torque, high speed central wheel to excavate and store collected regolith. The original intention behind the design of ORBIT 1 was the use of a dual rover system, where the ORBIT 1 rover would serve solely for excavation, while a secondary rover would transport excavated regolith from the mining site to the deposition type, hence the small carrying capacity of the rover (10kg).

ORBIT 1 proved an effective excavater during the 2018 NASA Robotic Mining Competition; however, it failed during the deposition portion of its run due to a mechanical failure in the deposition mechanism. Nevertheless, ORBIT 1 proves the strengths of a "mining wheel" compared to other, traditional mining mechanisms.