Rover built by engineers from AGH Kalman He will participate in 4 competitions, including on maintenance devices, research on traces of life and self-driving. All missions have been designed by space sector judges (including those at NASA) and correspond to the real challenges of rover missions to Mars.
Analog space missions will take place in a location that reflects conditions on the Red Planet, namely the Martian Desert Research Station, located in the Utah desert. This place, secluded, with a characteristic rooftop and high sunlight, does not allow the success of projects that are repeatedly underdeveloped or failed. For this reason, the result of a particular roving vehicle is often determined not only by technical progress, but also by the presence of people who are able to quickly eliminate emerging errors, which is why AGH Space Systems will take 12 different specialists in their fields to the United States This year.
During the competition, the Krakow team will present the new rover subsystems they have been working on for the past year. Among them we can find, among other things, a clutch with cams, remote sensors and interchangeable jaws that allow you to pick up even a small Allen key. The accuracy of the moving robot is also ensured by a six-stage manipulator, completed after two years of work, which allows any direction of the handle in space. Moreover, thanks to the use of reverse movement algorithms, the operator will be able to choose the exact position in which the clutch will be placed, and the program will independently calculate the number of degrees that each member of the manipulator must be moved to achieve the intended goal.
It will also debut in the desert with the improved autonomous navigation system introduced by the previous version Kalman The award for the best autonomous flight as part of the European Rover Challenge 2021. This year, when determining the appropriate course for the rover, it will take into account not only the height of the obstacles, but also their slope, which will significantly improve the entire flight. Communicate with KalmanWhich, thanks to a complete switch to wireless communication, will be possible from a distance of up to one kilometer.
The competition will end on June 4th, which is when this year’s winners will be announced. Coverage of the entire event in the United States will be available on AGH Space Systems’ social media and on the University Rover Challenge organizers’ website.
Source: AGH Space Systems
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