Department

Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Dennis Coon

Description

The Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Wyoming has designated our team to compete at the NASA sponsored Great Moonbuggy Race in Huntsville, A labama . The purpose of the project was to design and fabricate a two - passenger, human - powered moonbuggy to traverse a lunar - like obstacle course. The moonbuggy must collapse to fi t within a four foot cube to simulate payload transit. Design mor phology was used to derive our concept of the moonbuggy then each component was justified with mathematical models and engineering testing. The design consists of a frame made of 4130 Chrom oly steel tubing to ensure rigidity and minimal weight. The symmetric back - to - back seating configuration allows articulates in the center for steering. E ach rider provide s power to the moonbuggy through bicycle propulsion systems with planetary gears . The moonbuggy has been fabricated , meet s design specifications and will be raced April 1 st and 2 nd , 2011 .

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2011 NASA Great Moonbuggy Challenge

The Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Wyoming has designated our team to compete at the NASA sponsored Great Moonbuggy Race in Huntsville, A labama . The purpose of the project was to design and fabricate a two - passenger, human - powered moonbuggy to traverse a lunar - like obstacle course. The moonbuggy must collapse to fi t within a four foot cube to simulate payload transit. Design mor phology was used to derive our concept of the moonbuggy then each component was justified with mathematical models and engineering testing. The design consists of a frame made of 4130 Chrom oly steel tubing to ensure rigidity and minimal weight. The symmetric back - to - back seating configuration allows articulates in the center for steering. E ach rider provide s power to the moonbuggy through bicycle propulsion systems with planetary gears . The moonbuggy has been fabricated , meet s design specifications and will be raced April 1 st and 2 nd , 2011 .