NASA Robotic Mining Competition

Fitz-Thors Engineering would like to congratulate
The University of Alabama Astrobotics
team for taking the top prize, the Joe Kosmo Award for Excellence, for the second year in a row at the
NASA Robotic Mining Competition
held at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The team, comprised of select students from across multiple engineering disciplines, were challenged to build a robot capable of autonomously navigating and excavating simulated Martian soil. Alabama Astrobotics placed first in the categories of mining, autonomy, and technical presentation. This is the team's third win in the competition's seven-year history, and they are the first team to finish in first place more than once (2012, 2015, and 2016). The team also finished second in 2014 and third in 2013. Fitz-Thors Engineering is proud to be a sponsor of the Alabama Astrobotics team and would like to wish them the best of luck in their newest challenge, NASA's upcoming 2016 Sample Return Robot Challenge.

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