For Immediate Release –
(Please note photo/interview arrangements mentioned at the end of this release.)
as team’s gear up for annual moonbuggy event
High school and college teams
from 18 states and
These students – including eight
Cameron is one of 32 college
teams that will take to the challenging course April 3 at the U.S. Space &
Rocket Center in
The CU moonbuggy team consists of engineering design majors Eugene Hancock from Comanche, Dean Callas from Lawton, Luke Kuhlmann from Sterling, David Schilling from Inglewood, Calif., Curtis Darby from Lubbock, Texas, Yadira Renneberg from Odessa, Texas, and Wayne Zamore from Roseau, Dominica; and computer-aided design drafting majors Jennifer Springli from Lawton, and Fred Tabert from Seattle, Wash. The team is under the guidance of under the guidance of assistant technology professor Todd Raborn.
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The race is a grueling endurance test over a half-mile course of twists, turns and inclines, as well as simulated lunar craters, rocks, lava ridges and soil. Like the moon's actual terrain, the course is tough and the two buggy drivers who power the vehicle must be in top athletic condition.
To get to the race, teams must design their buggies, build them and test them – in much the same way that NASA engineers design space equipment. The students configure it to fit in a container no larger than 4 feet by 4 feet by 4 feet before assembly.
Two racers, one male and one female, must lift and carry the unassembled moonbuggy 20 feet without assistance and assemble it while being timed. Many teams use lightweight materials, bicycle gearing systems and bicycle wheels to pull together what they hope will be an award winner. Just like NASCAR, the teams have pit crews ready to repair buggies that suffer damage while trekking the course's rough terrain.
The competition was inspired by
the original Lunar Rover team of the 1960s, in an effort managed by the
Additional inspiration for the
2004 race also comes from President Bush's new goals for
Prizes go to the top-three teams in both divisions. A design award goes to the team in each division that represents the best technical approach toward solving the engineering problem of navigating the lunar surface.
The Marshall Center, the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Alabama-Mississippi Section, Aerospace Development Center of Alabama, Morgan Research Corporation,
Jacobs Sverdrup Technology and
television station WHNT, all of
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Editors and Broadcasters: A photo/interview opportunity featuring
this year’s team and Cameron’s vehicle has been set for 1 p.m. Thursday, April
1, in the Howell Hall parking lot off