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SpaceBot Competition

November 2023–June 6, 2024

Rescue Mission MESS

Space robotics engineers, we need your assistance on a rescue operation.

Satellites Incorporated launched its newest creation in early 2023: Modular Earth Sensing Surveyor (MESS), a ½ ESPA-sized spacecraft in low Earth orbit (LEO). MESS is not properly responding to commands, putting the mission in jeopardy.

Your job is to:

  1. Identify the issue.
  2. Design and build a system to perform maintenance on MESS.

Your launch date is set for June 2024. SDL will perform rendezvous and docking operations to get your robot to the satellite, and then it is up to your team to fix the malfunctioning MESS. Good luck!

All 2023-24 teams have been selected.

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A timeline of events for the SpaceBot Competition. Nov 4, 2023 Sign up deadline; Jan 16, 2024 Preliminary Design Review; Apr 4, 2024 Critical Design Reiew; Jun 6, 2024 Live Demo Day.

Competition Requirements

All interested Utah collegiate robotics engineers should form a team and sign up by Saturday, November 4, 2023, at 8:00 a.m. MDT. Teams must have 3–10 members (at least 75% of members must be undergraduate students) and one faculty advisor.

Teams will be selected to compete. Each team will develop their SpaceBot and present it at a live demonstration in front of a panel of judges on June 6, 2024.

Each team will:

  1. Design, build, and test their SpaceBot.
  2. Conduct a Preliminary Design Review (PDR) and Critical Design Review (CDR).
  3. Develop a poster and presentation for the live Demo Day.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams:

  • 1st $750
  • 2nd $500
  • 3rd $250

Additional information and technical specifications about MESS and its responses to various commands will be provided once teams have been selected.


Live Demonstration Location

Space Dynamics Laboratory
416 East Innovation Avenue
North Logan, UT 84341

Event Sponsors

Utah State University Space Dynamics Laboratory

American Society of Mechanical Engineers,
USU Section