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Rover Project

NASA RMC COMPETITION

The annual NASA Robotics Mining Competition (RMC) pits 50 university teams against eachother to build an autonomous rover that is capable to mine on the surface of the Moon. The project challenges students to build a lightweight solution that is capable of handling the Moon’s harsh terrain. Those that succeed travel to the Kennedy Space Center, FL to compete on NASA’s BP-1 Lunar simulant field.

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Mechanical Team

The Mechanical team focuses on the physical design and assembly of the robot. The team faces the challenge of designing a rover that can mine up to its height below the surface while keeping the weight to under 60kg. The team succeeds in producing a efficient rover by incorporating various light weight composites with elegant design.

Current Areas of Work: 
Stress Analysis, CAD Modeling, CNC Milling  Composite Manufacturing

Software Team

The Software team focus on rover autonomy, from low level controls to navigation algorithms. The team is challenged to make an autonomous rover that can react to its hostile environment; where one mistake can spell disaster. The team is exited to integrated a brand new 64 line LIDAR camera that will open up boundless opportunity to the rovers navigation.

Current Areas of Work: 
SLAM , PID Controls, Computer Vision

Electrical Team

The Electrical Team focus on circuitry for signal and power management. With every motor and sensor needing different voltage levels and power distribution, the team works hard to ensure all of them are efficiently integrated through circuit design and power control. With their help the transition between mechanical parts and the software control is seamless.

Current Areas of Work: 
PCB Design, Electrostatic Dust Diversion

Any Questions? Contact us at tfrbtcs@uw.edu