Background on the competition:
The Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge is held by NASA and participating companies with the universities in Texas to create projects that directly involve students. These projects are current projects that NASA and other contractors are currently working on.
The competition is two semesters and this is the end of semester one. The showcase was held on November 17 at the South Shore Harbour Resort in League City. We had two teams complete, which is a major accomplishment in itself. One of the teams, RPM, scored in the top three teams and earned additional scholarships.
Project 1: Mars Drill and Automation
Abstract: The purpose of the project is to design a drilling process to extract a core sample on Mars at least 20 meters deep.
Team: Team RPM, Leader Carlos Cantu, Daniel Gonzalez, Fernando Lopez, Jesus Lopez, and Miguel Padron
Showcase Awards (each student receives this amount directly from the consortium)
- Second top overall team
- Second best poster
- Second best model
- Third best oral presentation
For next semester, a new team looks to create a housing for the drill.
Project 2: Smartwatch Design
Abstract: The purpose of the project is to get a commercial watch to communicate with the shuttle and feature necessary functions.
Team: Energizer Gators, Leader Toni Lampasas, Dat Tran, Chris Delagarza, Kevin Fuentes, Aldo Silva
- Best logo
For next semester, a new team looks to get the smartwatch to communicate with the middleware.