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!