Team "Space Audacity" is a group of brave individuals set on a mission to defend against the extinction of endangered species.
- Yarin Bekor (13 years old)
- Yarin is a FLL graduate and a FTC junior year. Yarin is planning the Rover structure in order to survive the missions activities such as driving in and out of the crater, energy / refueling and other mechanical constraints we will face in this mission
- Roy Raab (13 years old)
- Roy is fascinated about Computer Science and loves programming robots in his spare time. Roy holds a personal record in solving a Hungarian cube in 1’’13 . Roy is in charge of planning the robotic arm for our Rover which includes a complexed mission of drilling, carrying and storing many capsules below the surface of the moon.
- Tom Bekor (15 years old)
- Tom is studying Math and Computer Science in a Undergraduate Program especially designed for young students . Tom is in charge of calculating the required energy and time constraints for each roundtrip during the on-site activity of the rover. He is also responsible for building the game plan for our simulator in phase 2 of the competition.
- Mika Bekor (8 years old)
- Mika loves dancing (ballet and modern dance), reading books and playing basketball in a girls league. Mika is also fascinated about programming and is currently attending a code monkey (online coding site) competition. Mika is responsible for the PR and Marketing activities during our tour around the country. Mika is excited about the engagement with young students from disadvantage areas in order to expose them to STEM and Cool Robots.
- Chen Bekor (45 years old)
- Chen is a Software Engineer working in a Cloud Security Startup. He loves robots, fascinated about innovative algorithms such as Reinforcement Learning and dreams about building intelligent robots all the time ;) . He is volunteering as a team mentor in the official FTC league in a local highschool called "Aviv". Chen is the team's captain.
Additional background about our Idea
200 Species Extinct Every Day on Planet Earth, Unlike Anything Since Dinosaurs Disappeared 65 Million Years Ago. Our team would like to leave on the moon hair samples of endangered species as a legacy to future generations.
We chose hair because it consists of DNA traces (DNA molecules broken up into many small pieces). Those pieces are preserved by Keratin (a chemical material). We believe that in the future, it will be possible to read the DNA segments and perform DNA reconstruction. You can think of hair as a storage bank, holding valuable information that could possibly be used in the far future to create life!
Compared to other ways of storing DNA information, hair is easier and cheaper to collect, contains the complete DNA record, and is cheaper to store.
Finally, hair is lightweight and small. From a study we did, a quantity of thousand strands weigh a quarter of a gram. Ten million samples will take up two litres of volume and weighs two kilograms. These properties make it feasible to cary this payload to the moon well under the size and weight limitations of a typical loonar mission.