The Rover Project is an ongoing project from last year. Ed-out constructed two functioning rovers, each outfitted with an Arduino Uno, cameras, sonar sensors, and more. We also built a landing vehicle made out of plywood and foam, fitted with an Arduino board, an accelerometer, and a servo. The landing vehicle can deploy the rover after an aerial drop. This year we are planning attach parachutes to the landing vehicle and use AIAA’s heavy lift quadrocopter to deploy the landing vehicle. Rover specs.
A new project that we started this year uses the same rovers from the project above. We will build two tracks and have two players race the rovers while they are outside the room using the video stream capabilities of the rovers. In order to replicate the communication difficulties between Earth and the Moon, Mars, etc. we will only allow pictures from the rovers and the player’s laptop to be sent at an interval of five seconds while the sonar sensor is always available to sense obstacles at a short range.
- Team up with AIAA to use their heavy lift quadrocopter or use weather balloons to drop rovers from high altitude.
- We have access to LEGO Mindstorm kits, and we can use these in some space themed way.
Ed-out meets regularly. Teams specialize in both the mechanical and programming side of robot construction. For details or to request IRIS for your event, contact Sam Shah at firstname.lastname@example.org.