With the University Rover Challenge 2018 in the rearview mirror, we've been exploring new innovations for our 2019 rover. After a few weeks of research, we produced a 3D printed six wheeled rover chassis, similar to that of the NASA Mars Curiosity rover, which has been successful at traversing obstacles although at low speeds. We've also researched new options to replace our current wheels with low pressure, light weight balloon wheels. Our software team has began development of higher bandwidth radio communications allowing for more cameras, a graphical user interface, a radio monitoring program and a camera manager. Finally, our science team have begun research and development of a new soil sampling and in-situ life detection device.
As for our past rover, we are not quite done with it yet. The 2018 rover has been revived and will be utilised for educational and exhibition purposes at schools and public events such as Scienceworks Astrolight festival. We plan to demonstrate its capabilities and innovation to inspire future students to study STEM at university.