2009 Lunacy

FIRST teams up with NASA to celebrate the 40th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon. Robots played on a regolith field, simulating weightlessness. Robots had to score moon rocks on trailers attached to opposing robots. Watch the game animation to learn more!

The Crusaderbots competed at the Autodesk Oregon Regional with Chuck & Rufus (left). With an Ackerman drive, Chuck and Rufus could navigate the low friction field with ease. The robot’s manipulator was completely redesigned for the Microsoft Seattle Regional. Now with the ability to rapidly dump moon rocks, The Second Coming went on to be a semifinalist.

Chuck and Rufus (Left) and The Second Coming (Right)