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.