OU wins NASA competition – VIDEO

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — The University of Oklahoma’s Sooner Rover Team took top honors in NASA’s 2016 collegiate rover design competition, besting seven other universities and an engineering team from NASA. Besides bragging rights, the team won $6,000 in prize money.

PHOTO: University of Oklahoma’s Sooner Rover Team members working on their rover.

NASA’s 2016 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts — Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Exploration Robo-Ops competition began in October.

Teams received $10,000 from NASA to build a remotely operated planetary rover prototype. The teams competed with their rovers May 24-26 at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston.

“The winning team displayed incredible innovation,” Pat Troutman of NASA’s Langley Research Center, said in the announcement. “The rover from Oklahoma smashed all previous records by 50 percent.”

Team members are Nathan Justus, chief engineer, and Bill Doyle, Jacob Jordan, Dane Schoelen, Brent Wolf, Timothy Turner, Eric Handry, Alex Bordering and Brian Brown. David Miller served as faculty sponsor and coach.

Source: The Oklahoman. Video courtesy of Sooner Rover Team.

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