Precision Infrastructure and Payload Extraction (PIPE)


A lander has crashed, and the current fuel levels are too high to allow humans near it. Rovers are tasked with replacing the fuel offloading system and safely draining fuel from both of the landers fuel tanks, before any of it ignites. The urgency of this task requires two rover teams to perform this changeover. The rovers also need to clear the field of debris.

One team will be assigned the first 60 minutes to remove the damaged fuel offloading system and the other team will have 60 minutes to replace the fuel offloading system. Once 60 minutes have elapsed, the teams will have 5 minutes to move their rover to the other side of the lander and switch to the other task. Teams may perform minor intervention-level work during this period. The judges will use this time to reset the task as needed and notify the teams when the switch is complete.


Disconnecting Existing Fuel Offloading System (60 minutes)

  1. Ensure the Rodwell’s pump is turned off (“O”).
  2. Close the ball valve.
  3. Turn off the boost station (“O”).
  4. Disconnect the components and move them to the disposal area
  5. Plug the exposed fuel spout

Note: This part of the task is much easier than the assembly stage, so this may be a good time to clear the field

Replace Fuel Offload System (60 minutes)

  1. Remove the plug from the fuel tank.
  2. Select a pipe in good condition and install by placing the end of the pipe against the marked zone on the tank.
  3. Move the booster station into position, setting the marked zone against the first pipe.
  4. Install the second pipe.
    1. Note that the inlet has a physical connection, not a marked zone. The last pipe should be installed over the inlet first, then the second end of the pipe is pivoted into position against the marked zone of the booster.
  5. Open the ball valve and power on the pump (“I”). Set the pump to its pressurized setting and adjust the throttle to 50%.
    1. The throttle slider is very small and is located to the right of the pump setting switch.
  6. Turn on the booster (“I”).
  7. With the new pipe now primed, adjust the throttle to 100%.

Pipe Inventory Management

Optional: no additional time granted

  1. Assess the pipes in the area and determine their respective condition: good, minor damage and scrap.
    1. Miscategorized pipes will not count toward the score.
  2. Pipes identified with minor damage or scrap should be documented for the next shift.
    1. Take clear pictures of the damage and the pipe serial number. Give the information to the next shift (task judges) via USB drive so they know what to look for. The images must be accompanied with a caption ascribing the condition to the serial number.
  3. Move the pipes to the appropriate areas. The areas are intuitively colour- coded.

Field Clean Up

Optional: no additional time granted

  1. Clear the field of assorted debris from the crash. Cleared items must be placed in the disposal area for points.


  1. Major damage/Scrap on pipes will be catastrophic and obvious that it can’t be repaired.
  2. The ball valve used is a ¼” unit like this.
  3. Rovers must be able to pick up and maneuver lengths of 3 inch diameter PVC pipe (3.25 inch OD), weighed down with additional components. Total weight of the pipe is under 5kgs.
  4. The organizers reserve the right to change the rules and scoring for this task.
  5. Parking is limited to only vehicles carrying equipment to the task.
  6. Rovers will be operating simultaneously and must remain in their designated area
  7. A manual will be provided at the start of the task