Channel 9's LA correspondent Lexi Daish was on the ground with us at the University Rover Challenge! Check it out:
We have officially placed 9th out of 86 teams in the world for the 2019 University Rover Challenge, after our amazing science team pulled off an almost perfect score for the science mission! We successfully evaluated and imaged multiple sample sites and detected microbial life. The team is incredibly proud of how far we have come in so little time, and we are only just getting started. We'd like to thank everyone for their support, and Monash University for helping to make this a reality. Time to set our eyes on URC 2020.
Today we competed in the equipment servicing mission, where our rover had to service and launch a mock lander destined for Earth. While the mission was significantly complex, our robotic arm performed superbly. In the autonomous mission, our rover drove completely autonomously and indicated it detected the tennis balls by waving an Australian flag. Half way through the mission our search pattern algorithm ran into issues and unfortunately we had to abandon. After finishing 31 points higher than last year we are now preparing for the science mission tomorrow!
After a year of prototyping, designing, building and testing - the day had finally come for us to tackle the Extreme Retrieval and Delivery mission. Upon arrival, we found the arm had been catastrophically damaged during transport in our U-haul, rendering us unable to compete. We were extremely fortunate to have 3D printed the spare part we needed to repair our arm prior to leaving Melbourne. After a frantic 30 minutes of repairs we started just 13 minutes late, and managed to complete almost the entire challenge - only impeded when we accidentally knocked our emergency stop button with the arm. In an unprecedented turn of events we placed first out of all teams that had competed! Tomorrow we take on the autonomous and equipment servicing missions.
Our team member Iain Hammond chatted to BBC World News about our rover!
The team have successfully made it to Hanksville, Utah with our Mars rover! We'll be here for the next week as we rebuild our rover and simulate the competition.
We were featured on Channel 9 News with Allan Raskall! We demonstrated our 2019 competition rover and chatted about how we can see a future in Australia's space industry.
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.