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!
As with all student teams, there comes a time for life beyond Nova Rover. The team said farewell to the best and brightest bunch of people we could've asked for - Michael, Stuart, James, Tom and Lauren. Michael Fong produced custom designed 3D printed snow globes for each of our graduating members, tailored to their contribution to the teams success. Through the laughs, late nights and rover building, they became like a second family and we wish them all the best for future!
Meet the brain of our new rover - a Nvidia Jetson TX2 kindly donated by XENON High Performance Computing! This powerful board will increase the computing power of our systems and allow us to perform more complex calculations to process images for recognising objects in the desert. A big thankyou to the people at XENON!
The team had a fantastic time displaying our rover and robotic arm to over a thousand students and teachers from Oakleigh South, Clarinda and Huntingdale Primary Schools. The excitement on their faces says it all! Thankyou to Mark Dadswell and our eager model for the photo featured in the Monash Leader.