The Electrical team is in charge of powering all electronics on the Rover, designing all custom circuitry, and develop clean wiring routes. The team also does a fair amount of research and development into experimental projects for the Rover such as Electromagnetics, Spectrometry, and more. The team also works closely with Mechanical and Software team for cross-team considerations such as Electronics placement/storage, sensor research, and optimal wire routing.
The Electrical team is one of the easier teams to join as the learning curve is fairly low. New members usually start with learning documentation of electrical systems and researching individual components. Later once a better understanding of these systems are established they move in to more complex design principles such as PCB design, control systems, and more experimental research.
One of the benefits of joining the Electrical Team is practical engineering team experience that focuses more on large team collaboration with team sizes bigger than the average classroom lab group.
Additionally, you will be able to learn design and research skills not taught by most classes. The work will be hands-on and will give the chance refine your current skills.
During the competition, the robot will need to be able to keep the Regolith bits while dumping the BP1. The Spectrometer study is being conducted to allow the robot to be able to differentiate between the BP1 and the Regolith bits
This year, the electrical team is conducting research in electromagnetism for dust management. This research is imperative because during the competition, the BP1 not only adheres to the rover but is also likely to permeate into electronics and obstruct the view of optical sensors.
The PCB Design goals for the robot is to design the board to prevent for over voltage and over current to protect sensitive motor systems.
EasyEDA and EagleCAD are software tools used to create the schematics of the circuit boards.