This link and the map below shows how to drive from the NASA Ames main gate to the NASA Robotics lab in building 246 room 180. The phone number for the NASA Robotics Lab is (650) 604-4087.
- Only use the pass to go to the NASA Robotics lab. No exploring the NASA campus.
- Michael Schuh has an agreement with NASA management that he will be with the 971 team whenever it is in the NASA Robotics Lab. Do not enter the lab unless Michael is there. If he does not show up for a scheduled meeting, then leave the NASA campus. Drew Price, the NASA Robotics lab manager, is the only person that can change this.
- Wear closed-toed shoes.
- Wear safety glasses and tie back long hair when working on the robots or near operating robots.
- No people on the field when the robots are being driven or in autonomous mode.
- Bring your own food and do not eat the food belonging to other teams.
- Visitor Passes are required for everyone 18 years old and older. Students 17 years old and younger must be with someone with a pass or a NASA employee.
- Most passes will be single visit passes that can be picked up from the guards at the gates after hours or
between 6 am - 5 pm from the Badge Office just to the right of the main entrance to the base on Moffett Boulevard.
- Multi-day passes must be picked up during work hours days which are Monday to Friday 6 am - 5 pm from the Badge Office just to the right of the main entrance to the base on Moffett Boulevard.
- Multi-day visit requests will also allow you to enter the NASA campus after work hours without pickup a pass at the Badge Office,
but just on the first day of the visit request date range.
A separate visit request must be submitted for each after hours visit.
- It takes four weeks of planning for adults who are not US citizens to visit Ames. Green card holders are treated as citizens. Talk with Michael if you are not a citizen and wish to visit Ames.
- Drivers need to have a NASA Ames visit request for them to the part of the NASA campuss that has the robotics field. Coordinate this with the student organizing the drive practice and/or Michael Schuh.
- For those biking from MVHS to the NASA Robotics lab (much of the
route is on the Stevens Creek Trail that parallels Highway 85), you
will need to enter the base with someone 18 or older that has a
pass. If you are 18 or older on a bike, you will need a pass. If
you are under 18, be sure and take your MVHS ID or a California ID
(drivers license or ID) with you if you have one. The guards may
want to look at your ID. If you don't have an ID and you are under
18, you should be able to get in fine but it is much easier if you
have an ID with you. The guards are supposed to let minors in with
adults who have NASA passes.
- The rules are sometimes interpreted differently by different guards so it is hard to predict what will happen at the gate. Call the NASA Robotics lab number given above if you have problems. I will try and answer it and help you out. You can also try calling someone else attending that has a cell phone and ask for help.
- Enter through the main entrance (see the map below) on Moffett Boulevard.
- Take the first left onto Arnold Ave.
- There is a guard building in the center of the road just before Bush Circle. Show your driver's license to the guard and tell them your name is on the after hours list
and they will let you enter. Most of the time, they will write a pass and give it to you, and occasionally,
they let you enter without a pass once they verify your name is on the after hours list.
- Follow the traffic circle around half way, then make a right to continue on De France Avenue.
- Take the third right turn onto Warner Road.
- Enter through a door near the east end (far end) of the long building on
your right. The shorter smaller building is past the lab. There is also a door around back that may
be open if the front door is locked and you are having trouble getting someone to let you in.
Full size map.
Revised 28 Dec 2017 by Michael