Design-Build NASA Lunabotics Competition Arena

NASA Lunabotics Competition Arena


8-koi engineered and constructed the Robotic Mining Competition Indoor Arena at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Awarded by the NASA Shared Services Center (NSSC), 8-koi furnished all the labor, equipment, materials, transportation and supervision within a budget of $292,957. The arena was built on time to host the student competition originally scheduled for May 18-22, 2020 at the Astronauts Memorial Foundation in the Center for Space Education at KSC.

See the video and read more about the 2022 Grand Opening.

The competition is a part of the Artemis Student Challenges, designed to engage and retain students in STEM fields by expanding opportunities for student research and design in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. The arena was built to provide a simulation to university students who are designing, building, and operating lunar excavator prototypes that are tasked with excavating lunar soil, known as regolith, that could be used as building materials, water, or even rocket fuel necessary to have a sustainable presence on the moon.

The clear enclosure features a field of competition open to spectator viewing that safely contains the Black Point-1 (BP-1) Lunar Basaltic Regolith Simulant which is a lava basalt aggregate with a natural particle size distribution similar to that of lunar soil. Each mining lane is ~6.8 meters long (~3.6 meter obstacle zone plus a ~3.2 meter excavation zone) and ~2.5 meters wide. The competition space is equipped with both wired and wireless communications for controlling the robots as well as streaming a live audio-visual feed.

Renovate Airfield Rinse Rack

NAS Jacksonville, FL

CDE was tasked with the design/build to repair the existing aircraft wash and rinse racks. The previous system did not recycle any water and hads to use fresh water for each plane, a total of 1,000 gallons per plane with 95 planes being rinsed weekly. The new design incorporates a system that removes the surfactants from the wash water, reuses the water and replaces water. The rinse rack which is adjacent to the runway and rinses each aircraft that passes through the taxiway throat.

Design Student Union Building

Eastern Florida State College, Melbourne Campus

8-koi’s wholly-owned subsidiary, CDE, was tasked to design the entire mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems design for this new two-story, 32,000 sq. ft. student union facility. The new building design was integrated into available space of the existing Melbourne campus and tapped into the existing campus cooling loop. CDE performed all work on the cooling loop and central energy plant for the Melbourne Campus.

The new Student Union is home base for student life and was designed based on student input. The two-story glass, brick and steel structure serves as the front door to the campus and includes space for a variety of student services, clubs, activities and student government. A Food Court featuring Chick-Fil-A, Mucho Mahalo Burritos, Genna Pizza Company, Snack Shack and Anaya Coffee Roasters is the hub of the first floor. View food service info & hours.

Also located on the first floor are a Student Lounge with a pool table, three computer stations and video games available for check out, plus the Titan Depot with spirit items, snacks and drinks, and a Student Study Lounge located in Room 105. The Melbourne Campus Student Life office suite is on the second floor. Student Government Association officers, along with the Campus Student Life Coordinator, supervise all activities and student clubs so stop by and get involved. Current Eastern Florida State College students, faculty and staff can reserve conference rooms for small meetings or study groups, including two larger locations (Rooms 208 and 210) on the second floor and a small pop-up conference room on the first floor.

A 250-seat Conference Center on the second floor is available for Campus events and can also be rented for qualifying community functions. The high-tech space can be divided into two rooms, each with a large projector screen, and can be set up with rows of chairs and/or round tables with chairs. For reservations and rental information related to the Conference Center rooms, visit the EFSC Facilities Usage web page.

Design SLC-46 Lightning Protection System

Cape Canaveral Space Force Station

8-koi’s wholly-owned subsidiary, CDE, was tasked with the structural and electrical engineering design for the new Lightning Protection System (LPS).  The team provided the complete electrical design for the Lightning Protection System (LPS) and beacon lights, including power, grounding and bonding per all code and regulatory requirements. The team of engineers performed transient load analysis for the catenary LPS and provided the criteria to design the structural steel tower and fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) mast on top of the tower. The tower and FRP mast were designed to support dead loads, live loads, thermal loads, splash pressures from the launch vehicle, hurricane wind loads, as well as all loads imposed on the tower and mast from the catenary system itself. Construction support for this project included submittal reviews, RFI, field observations, test result verifications, FRP mast manufacturing inspection and record drawings.

The team provided construction support for this project including submittal reviews, RFI, field observations, test result verifications, FRP mast manufacturing inspection and as-built drawings.

Design/Build Science Annex

NASA Space Station Processing Facility

The 8-koi team performed the complete design and build of the biological science laboratory facility at the SSPF, which included site civil, architectural, structural, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, process piping, controls, fire detection and protection, as well as data systems. The entire building and systems were modeled using BIM.

LEED Silver® certification was awarded to the facility due to the team’s utilization of a high efficiency roofing system, energy efficient equipment, variable frequency drive motors, LED lighting, occupancy sensors, and building control and automation system.

The facility was completed in 2014, on schedule and within budget. The facility is currently in use and continues to impact scientific research being performed aboard the International Space Station (ISS).