Happy Mother's Day! In celebration, we invited our mothers to our field test to see the rover in action! Thank you to the parents who support us and follow the team. Only 2 weeks until we leave for Utah.
Only 3 weeks until we leave! In preparation for Utah, we spent the full weekend simulating the University Rover Challenge and working on the rover out in the Yarra Valley. The team are proud to say we are competition ready.
The team took our rover out for a field test to simulate how the drill, arm and virtual reality camera feed performs over wireless radio communications! We also began practicing to pilot our rover remotely over camera feed in preparation for Utah. Thank you to explosives company Orica for kindly allowing us to use their land for testing.
After qualifying for the 2019 URC, the team spent the weekend preparing our rover for competition! We field tested our completed robotic arm and three finger end effector, new tread, autonomous systems and science drill to ensure we are on track to take home a top spot in Utah.
We have just received the news that Nova Rover Team have been accepted into the 2019 University Rover Challenge! We will be travelling to the Mars Desert Research Station to compete on the world stage against 35 of the best teams for the title of the world's best student built Mars rover.
Our rover will be pushed to its limits as we compete for the title of the world's best student built Mars rover, designed to assist future manned missions on Mars.
This wouldn't be possible without the assistance of Monash, our sponsors, friends and family. A huge thankyou to all those who supported us! Stay tuned for updates as we prepare ourselves and our rover for the competition.
A huge thankyou to the team at DeepNeuron for helping develop our rovers new AI vision system! The system can detect tennis balls in all lighting and conditions, where our rover will then drive itself autonomously towards the tennis ball as part of the requirement for the upcoming competition.
DeepNeuron are an emerging student team focussed on deep machine learning. Check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/deepneuronAI/
After months of work, stress, testing and more testing, Nova Rover Team is finally ready to unveil our 2019 competition Mars rover in our System Acceptance Review (SAR) for the University Rover Challenge! This is a critical milestone showcasing the capabilities of our rover and proving we are ready for competition in May. Of 84 teams from around the world, only 36 will be invited to Utah. Enjoy our 5 minute video!
Henry Lourey and Daniel Ricardo exhibited our new 2019 competition rover at the Moon Village Public Forum in Federation Square! They spoke about opportunities to explore and mine the Moon, and beyond, with emerging space technology.
We had the pleasure to chat with the Lead Scientist of Victoria Amanda Caples and the Hon. Jane Garrett about space, rovers and our team. This visit was broadcasted on Channel 10 News, along with a more in-depth video on Twitter.
Dr Amanda Caples and the Hon. Jane Garrett visited the workshop to see the progress of the team!