Cyclone Space Mining is a group of students in, but not limited to, the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The group will annually design and build a Martian robot to compete in the NASA Robotic Mining Competition. As a result, the members of Cyclone Space Mining will be challenged to create an atmosphere of community and excitement among students, learning from and teaching other students, welcoming prospective students and community members, connecting students with faculty and community through projects, activities, and demonstrations.


Constitution / Tier

File 2015-10-08Constitution.pdf
Tier Student Organization - Affiliated

Membership Information

Student Members 82
ISU Members 2
Non-ISU Members 0
Allowed Members No limit
Allowed Officers No limit
Membership Qualifications An interest in space and robotics!
Membership Restrictions No restrictions, we take any major.
Elections/Selection Elections for vital positions (president, treasurer, etc..) take place at the end of the spring semester. Elections for other positions take place at the beginning of the following fall semester. Any member is eligible to run for a position.
Meetings General Meeting are Thursdays at 7:10 pm in Hoover 1227

Description of Regular Meetings/Activities

General Meetings are Thursdays at 7:10 pm in Hoover 127. General meetings are the best place to find out about the club's history and plans for the coming weeks. Cyclone Space Mining is a team built on smaller working groups. The first is heavily focused on engineering; they design, build, test and prepare a robot for the NASA Robotic Mining Competition. Another group operates around Iowa to engage the community in robotics, engineering and Martian activities. Finally, a third group creates content for our social media accounts. Social media is an important way to connect to a global community to continue interaction beyond outreach events. Each of these groups typically meet more frequently than the general meetings and can vary from week to week. Please attend the general meetings to stay up-to-date on this information.

Description of Special Events

NASA’s Annual NASA Robotic Mining Competition is for university-level students to design and build a mining robot that can traverse the simulated Martian chaotic terrain, excavate Martian regolith and deposit the regolith into a Collector Bin within 10 minutes. There is particular relevance to NASA’s mission of pioneering a human presence on Mars through resource mining and utilization. A critical resource on Mars is water ice which can be found buried in the regolith where it is well insulated. The technology concepts developed by the university teams for this competition conceivably could be used to robotically mine regolith resources on Mars. The NASA RMC takes place in May at the Kennedy Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.