Target Applicant: Pre-University, Undergraduate
The Great Moonbuggy Race requires students to design a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems that are similar to problems faced by the original Moonbuggy team.
Each Moonbuggy will be human powered and carry two students, one female and one male, over a half-mile simulated lunar terrain course including “craters”, rocks, “lava” ridges, inclines and “lunar” soil.
Moonbuggy entries are expected to be of “proof-of-concept” and engineering test model nature, rather than final production models. Each student team of six members is responsible for building their own buggy, and the course drivers, who are chosen from each team, must also be builders of the vehicle.
The top three winning teams in each division (one high school division and one college division) will be those having the shortest total times in assembling their moonbuggies and traversing the terrain course. Each team is permitted two runs of the terrain course, and the shortest course time will be added to the assembly time for the final total event time.