Terra Engineering’s rover dumps a load of regolith into the collection box.
Terra Engineering has lept into second place in the Lunar Excavation Challenge, guaranteeing that this year’s $750,000 prize purse will be full claimed.
The team’s rover collected an unofficial total 270.6 kilograms of simulated lunar soil. This lept the Gardena, California-based team ahead of Braundo Rancho, whose rover collected 263.75 kilograms earlier on Sunday. Paulâ€™s Robotics of Worcester, Massachusetts continues to lead with 439 kilograms.
The first place finisher will claim $500,000 with the second and third place teams claiming $150,000 and $100,000, respectively. To qualify for prizes, teams had to excavate at least 150 kilograms of regolith.
One team – Moon Diggers B of San Francisco, California – remains to compete.