Win £300,000 for robots

Nasa has come up with its own competition for space cadets – with £300,000 in prizes.
On the eve of C4’s new fake space show Space Cadets, it came up with the offer of big money for anyone who can design real machines to help explore the planets.
The first £150,000 prize will go to whoever invents an aircraft capable of flying through the air on other planets or moons with atmospheres.
The unmanned flying machine must be able to follow a roller-coaster flight path, scraping the ground to take samples as it goes.
The second £150,000 will appeal to fans of telly’s Robot Wars.
Nasa wants someone to come up with a design for a robot that is smart enough to put building blocks together in a remote location like the moon.
An operator will be allowed to assist with remote-control instructions but he should only be able to view the site through cameras on the robot.

Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.
Paul Sutherland

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Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.

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