Building our testing pit

One very important thing we learned from our first year at Lunabotics was testing is absolutely imperative. And so just yesterday, we finished our scale Lunarena for testing our robot. Our regolith is our own custom recipe =]. We mostly used ultra fine sand but we also mixed in  small rocks and concrete mix to try and better mimic the lunar regolith simulant.

In the first picture, Nick and Stan are arguing if we have enough sand. Time to make some bets!!!

In the next picture is a bucket full of our rocks and concrete mix.

Following that picture, we have Nick pouring that bucket into the pit.

We had a little spill so we went to pick up our tiny dustpan. When we lifted it up, we saw just how much dust we had settle onto the ground. It reminded us of how much dust covered our lunabot last year after the practice round. I think our mixture is getting pretty close to lunar regolith simulant.

Now that’s a very fine looking scale LunArena!! looks like we had enough sand after all! And it looks like Stan owes nick a sandwich!!

Stan’s checking the collection bin height. Testing wouldn’t be worthwhile if we didn’t make the bin right!

And last but not least, Nick made a joke about how much dust we were all covered in. Looks like we can turn the collection bin into a bathtub.

Good luck to all teams!! We’ll see you all in less than 38 days!!!

About Jack Poon

I am currently studying mechanical engineering with a minor in electrical engineering, business technology management and science technology and society. I am also president of the NYU-Poly robotics club, Polybots. My hobbies include 3D printing with my Makerbot, reverse engineering broken printers and computers, nerf, carving, daydreaming and playing games. I enjoy productively procrastinating. I dislike clocks. Although time management is very important to me (at the end of the day, it always seems that there was never enough time), clocks are a huge burden. Rather than enjoying what I am doing at the moment, i find myself looking at rates. How fast am I eating, how much time have I spent on this paper, how many hours have I worked. I've forgotten if my lunch was good, if my paper proved its point or what is the importance of my work and who it benefits. So I tend to ignore clocks. The great paradox of life is that we try and get the most out our time here but to do that, we must forget time... and enjoy pie.
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