Idaho's Robotic Lunar Exploration Program
The Idaho Space Grant Consortium began the Idaho Robotic Lunar Exploration Program (RLEP) in 2006. It is a collaborative program with the Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) at NASA Ames Research Center. The NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium provides funding and support for an undergraduate senior design team with graduate student leadership. Each year projects are identified by the IRG during the summer and then implemented by the graduate students into a senior design project.
The undergraduate students work on an inter-disciplinary team in the field of lunar robotics. They learn about NASA's mission, science goals, and objectives. The team designs, fabricates and builds a device that is relevant to the IRG goals and current projects. Each spring the team has the opportunity to travel to NASA Ames to work side by side with NASA scientists and engineers.
- Non-prehensile Manipulator (2006-2008) - Soil sample collection
- Deep Crater Data Collection (2008-2009) - Robotic catapulting of instrumentation package from a fixed point
- Inductive Charging Station (2010-2011)
- Tensegrity (2010-2011)