Mines, Lunar Outpost test lunar excavation rover in 15-day durability demonstration

Payne Institute Faculty Fellow George Sowers is featured in this article about how the Outpost Digger System is going to operate for 15 consecutive days at Colorado Air and Space Port starting Sept. 9.  The 15-day test, part of NASA’s Break the Ice Lunar Challenge, began Sept. 9 at the Colorado Air and Space Port near Watkins. Under the terms of the challenge, the two-rover Outpost Digger System must excavate, transport and dump at least 12 metric tons of concrete-hard lunar regolith simulant over a continuous 15-day test period. The demonstration will be live streamed to NASA officials.  September 11, 2023.