NASA's 2022 BIG Idea Challenge provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to design, develop, and demonstrate robotic systems with alternative rover locomotion modalities for use in off-world extreme lunar terrain applications.
Through this challenge, NASA seeks innovative ideas from the academic community for a wide range of alternative rover locomotion modalities to either enhance or replace traditional wheeled mobility systems that can expand our access to extreme terrain on the Moon and (later) on Mars. Teams should keep in mind that although the lunar surface presents unique challenges for mobility systems, its lower gravity may enable solutions that are not practical on Earth. Interested teams should submit proposals for non-traditional robotic assets with alternative modalities that could be achieved with rigid bodies, soft bodies, or morphing bodies. These modalities can include, but are not limited to: walking on “legs,” slithering, tumbling, hopping, magnetic or electrostatic levitation, ballistically deployed, etc.
More information can be found on the Big Idea Challenge found on their website.
Notice of intent due September 24, 2021