Department

Department of Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Dennis Coon

Description

The National Aeronautic Space Administration, NASA, holds an annual student design competition in Huntsville, Alabama called the Great Moonbuggy Race. Students are required to design and build a vehicle that focus on a series of engineering problems similar to those faced by the original Moonbuggy team. The vehicles are raced by two students, one male and one female, around a course including simu lated moon terrain. This senior design project includes the complete design of a two passenger, human powered moonbuggy to compete in the 2012 NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. The design includes a frame made of 4130 Chromoly steel tubing. To fit in the specifie d dimensions, the frame will fold in half at a hinge in the center. Steering will be accomplished by articulation about the center hinge. Riders will sit back - to - back and will power the moonbuggy through basic bicycle components. The project is funded by NASA who has provided a budget of $5000 to help cover design and fabrication costs as well as travel expenses for the competition.

Comments

Oral and Poster Presentation, Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium

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2012 Moonbuggy Senior Design Project

The National Aeronautic Space Administration, NASA, holds an annual student design competition in Huntsville, Alabama called the Great Moonbuggy Race. Students are required to design and build a vehicle that focus on a series of engineering problems similar to those faced by the original Moonbuggy team. The vehicles are raced by two students, one male and one female, around a course including simu lated moon terrain. This senior design project includes the complete design of a two passenger, human powered moonbuggy to compete in the 2012 NASA Great Moonbuggy Race. The design includes a frame made of 4130 Chromoly steel tubing. To fit in the specifie d dimensions, the frame will fold in half at a hinge in the center. Steering will be accomplished by articulation about the center hinge. Riders will sit back - to - back and will power the moonbuggy through basic bicycle components. The project is funded by NASA who has provided a budget of $5000 to help cover design and fabrication costs as well as travel expenses for the competition.