LOCKHEED MARTIN EXPLORER SCOUTS TAKE HOME HONORS AT GREAT MOONBUGGY RACE
NEW ORLEANS, LA., April 15th, 2002 -- After months of hard work building specially-designed moonbuggies, it all paid off for New Orleans-area Explorer Scouts last weekend in Huntsville, Alabama at the Great Moonbuggy Race. The high school team captured Best Design award and finished second in the overall competition. The college team also did well finishing third in its category against 38 other teams. A total of 68 teams were represented nationally.
Several of the winning students will be on hand today to discuss the race and to show off their moonbuggies at 2:30 p.m. (Monday, April 15) at the University of New Orleans.
Directions to moonbuggy event at UNO:
- At 4-way stop at Elysian Fields and Robert E. Lee on UNO’s campus, drive toward Lake Pontchartrain to traffic circle.
- Loop around traffic circle to the left and get on Lakeshore Drive heading west toward West End.
- Go only a short distance through construction area, up and over the levee and immediately turn right into parking lot.
- For more information, call Harry Wadsworth at 257-0094 or pager 572-8233.
For the past six months, the students representing Engineering Explorer Post 314 have been busy designing, analyzing and building three moonbuggies similar to those used by the Apollo rover team on the Moon some 30 years ago. Each moonbuggy is pedal-driven by a male and female team member and must fold up into a space no more than 4 feet high, 4 feet wide and 4 feet long to simulate the original moonbuggy designs.
Lockheed Martin designs and builds the Space Shuttle External Tank at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in eastern New Orleans and has sponsored the Engineering Explorer Post since its inception in 1996.