Exploration

Project History    

 

Rover I

In February 2018 a small group of students from Technical University of Munich (TUM) started to dream about building their own Mars Rover. Shortly after that, the team started to develop their first concepts. In August 2018 we participated in the European Rover Challenge 2018 with our "Rover I | Hypatia". Hypatia has a 6-DOF robotic arm as well as four wheels which are configured in a rocker bogie design. The purpose-built wheels have skid steering and have been intensively tested at the German Aerospace Institute (DLR). With her maximum speed of 0.5m/s, Hypatia perfectly fulfills the 2018 ERC speed requirements.

Rover II

In August 2019 we participated in the ERC for the second time. With an improved rover we we were able to finish the competition with a much better ranking than in 2018 and remained the best German team. For on-board processing, WARRthog used an Intel Nuc 7i7BNH. Our ultra-wide-angle, stereo cameras gave WARRthog the ability to perceive her surroundings in 3D. The robotic arm enabled it to grab objects and manipulate external consoles.

Future plans

Currently we are working on a modular rover-platform for the lunar surface to enable sustainable human presence on the Moon. The project will use the Moon Village framework proposed by Director General of ESA Jan Wörner. More information about the Moon Village can be found here.

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We are always looking for committed and energetic students of all disciplines who are willing to participate closely in the further development of the project. If you are looking for practical experience in a diverse and exciting working environment, write to us!

 

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