NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Lab to Host MATE International Student Underwater Robotics Competition

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From Thursday, June 23 – Saturday June 25, the Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) at NASA Johnson Space Center will host the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center’s annual student underwater robotics competition.

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From Thursday, June 23 – Saturday June 25, the Neutral Buoyancy Lab (NBL) at NASA Johnson Space Center will host the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center’s annual student underwater robotics competition. The MATE competition challenges student teams from all over the world to complete complex tasks with underwater robots – also known as remotely operated vehicles, or ROVs – that they design and build.

This year’s competition features technologies that are developed for exploration and scientific use in both ocean and space environments. During the event, middle school, high school, home school, community college, and university students vie for top competition honors. This year’s competition will host a record number of teams – 70 – from all over the world.

When: Best times for media access: Friday, June 24, 8:30 am – 6 pm; Saturday June 25, 8:30 am – 12 pm.

Where: Neutral Buoyancy Lab, NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Tex.

RSVP: Media must be badged and escorted by NASA public affairs. Please contact Kyle Herring, NASA Public Affairs at kyle(dot)j(dot)herring(at)nasa(dot)gov or 281-483-5111.

Webcast: This event will be webcast live at http://www.marinetech.org.

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