The UKSEDS Lunar Rover competition involves 3 main tasks to replicate a real lunar mission.


Entering The Crater

Based on a real planned lunar mission, the rover will be able to move from the lip of the Shackleton Crater, up and down slopes to a designated point. Due to its location, and the minimal seasonal tilt of the Moon, the base of the crater has not seen sunlight for millions of years and it is theorised that this allows deposits of ice and other volatiles to survive which were delivered by millions of years of comet impacts.

Retrieving a soil sample

A soil sample must be retrieved from the designated sample site within the crater. By discovering a soil sample's contents, we can determine the site's practicality for a Lunar base. Ice is seen as a critical resource for the establishment of a permanently manned Lunar base as it can be used to create drinking water, air, and split into oxygen and hydrogen for use as a rocket fuel.

Returning to the Lander

The rover must then return itself with the soil sample to the starting point. The mission is complete when the rover returns to this point. As the lander was solar powered and was too heavy to give a locomotion system, it was designed to stay at the rim of the crater where sunlight is plentiful and the nights are short. Upon returning to the lander, the rover's soil sample would be tested.

 


Information gathered from the UKSEDS Lunar Rover Competition Rules and Requirements 2017-2018 document.