3rd Position!

Posted: June 4, 2012 in Uncategorized

After dropping Mr. Bill in the last seconds we managed to still finish in third position overall!

Thanks a lot to all the team, specially the ones who travelled with me to Houston and the ones who stayed at the Control Station at Maryland University.

 

See you all next year!

 

 

The competition was going great and the other rovers were doing a great job of finding rocks, then out of nowhere…THUNDER CLOUDS!!

I had to quickly hide under a tarp because I’m scared of getting wet! Fortunately, I stayed dry but Caltech’s rover had to be stopped in the middle of their run. They’ll probably start before me tomorrow :(

It’s Ok though. I just might not get out on the field till a little after the scheduled time. Hopefully, I won’t start too long after 8:30 am Houston time (9:30 am Maryland time)!

We finally know when exactly I am going to participate. The order of participation was decided in order of weight. The lightest rover goes in last and the heaviest first. I was the 5th heaviest rover so I will be first on Friday!!

The scheduled time on Friday is

8:30 am – Houston time

9:30 am – Maryland time

15:30 – European time

To see the full schedule and the video feeds from our team and every other team in the competition click the following link:

http://www.nianet.org/RoboOps-2012/2012-Abstract-Information/Live-Stream-From-Onboard-Rover-Cameras.aspx

Hi everybody!

Finally at Houston, we have been practicing as much as we could during the day of today and we picked-up some rocks successfully! :)

All cameras work perfectly and I can say every system is working just as it was designed to work. I am very happy because these awesome students have done a great job with me.

Here you can see a screenshot from one of our cameras during the practice session we had today,

This cliff is the starting and finishing point. You can also see my designers leading me to the summit of Mount Cosmos!

 

Last Adjustments !!

Posted: May 27, 2012 in Uncategorized

During this last week I’ve been receiving a lot of surgery and the students from Maryland have spent a lot of time making sure everything worked as it was supposed to be!

We have also spent some time practicing for the competition and packing everything up to travel to Houston, TX.

I hope we have a nice trip, I can’t wait to be at Johnson Space Center!!!!!

Rhea

Today at our little get together they decided whose going to go down!  The choices are:

Walter –  He worked on structures and electronics!

Josh – He gave me the ability to use my arms so I can pick stuff up!

Mike – He’s the one whose going to let me communicate with all the guys back at Maryland when I’m down in Houston.

All I can say is that I’m really excited.  The event is almost a month and a half from now!  We’re going to go down and win this thing…

I’ll talk to you later!

To infinity… and beyond!

Ros.E the Rover!

So as I mentioned earlier ;) I think the guys at the SSL are getting me a new arm!  It’s kind of like a crab claw, but it’s going to be awesome!

OH and I’m going to get new organs!  They’re already doing surgery so I’m finally going to function again!!!

Woo HOOO!!!!

Anyway, see you soon!!!

Live long and Prosper!!