University Rover Challenge 2018

Our team has just returned from competition in Utah, placing 18th out of 98 teams.

The extensive use of carbon fibre on our rover has lead to a larger and lighter rover with an extremely low centre of gravity. This lead to an outstanding rock and sand dune climbing ability and made the rover an incredible machine to drive through the desert.

The Mars Desert Research Station Habitat, (Image Credit: Danno Peters)

The 2,100 kilometer trip from Saskatoon to Hanksville, Utah was a challenge all on its own, featuring multiple areas of road construction, detours, a blown transmission seal, and a tire change.

A huge thanks goes out to the Montana Highway Patrol for their assistance when we were broken down in a dead zone on the side of the I-15.

Our design teams have received both validation and found improvements for their designs as we prepare for the Canadian International Rover Competition in August.

                      

Announcing the USST CubeSat Project

We are proud to announce our involvement in the upcoming 4-year Canadian CubeSat Project. We have partnered with the University of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Polytechnic to build a 10x10x20 cm satellite, which will be launched from the International Space Station in 2021. The satellite will include a science payload designed to study the effects of a space environment on a variety of materials, such as plastics, ceramics, fabrics, and more.

Read more about our project here.

Read more about the Canadian CubeSat Project here.

Image of cycloid gearbox prototype

Cycloidal Gearboxes

Space Team VP of Engineering, Seamus Woodward-George, assembled the last of his Cycloidal Drive gearboxes this week.

The gearboxes took months of design work and multiple 3D printed and laser cut acrylic prototypes (shown in the video below) to perfect.

The production gearboxes were machined out of solid aluminum by the UofS Engineering Shops and perform excellently with our brushless motors.

(Image and Video Credit: Danno Peters)

UofS Space Team Project STARFOX, Can-RGX Micro Gravity Research

Project STARFOX

Project StarFox - Can-RGX Logo

Project STARFOX (Spinning Terrestrial Analog Regolith Filtering Operation eXperiment), the USST proposal for the Canadian Reduced Gravity Experiment Design Challenge (CAN-RGX), has been accepted.

The STARFOX Division will be headed to Ottawa this summer to conduct microgravity research, with mission specialists Adam Lozinsky and Aaron Peters flying onboard the NRC’s Falcon 20 research aircraft.

Adam Lozinski describes the project as “ambitious but approachable.” The team is well on their way, having completed their critical design review and now moving on to constructing their testing apparatus (design shown to right).

Stay tuned for more updates!

To arrange interviews, contact:

Marielle Gauthier Communications Officer
College of Engineering
University of Saskatchewan
306 966-7924
marielle.gauthier@usask.ca

Featured phtoto by Danno Peters. From left to right Jordan Himmelsbach, J. Matthew Gjevre, Skylar Koroluk, David Forseille, Aaron Peters, Adam Lozinsky, Carson Daly, and Liam Gray.

Rocket Launch 2016

20161029_153146-dsc_7464_00001Our rocketry project ended with much excitement, as the groups tested their custom designed rockets on the launch pad.

RLee (from the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering) demonstrated his large and multistage model rockets which were a joy to watch.

Thank you to the Create Cafe 3D Printing, Express Hobbies, and the Hub City Radio Control Club for making our rocketry project possible.

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3D Printed Rockets 2016

Rocket Assembly

The parts for our 3D printed rockets arrived from Create Cafe this week and our new members began assembling them today. They have learned a lot about the importance of dimensioning and the advantages of rapid prototyping.

Stay tuned for the launch next week! (weather dependent)

Image Credits: Danno Peters

Rocket Building 2016

 

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Coding Workshop 2016

Electrical Team Lead, Carl Hofmeister, lead a great coding workshop for our new members this weekend. The new members are learning how to program data loggers for their rockets.

Image Credits: Danno Peters

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the UofS Space Design Team!

We are greatful for all the the community and industry support we have and continue to receive!

Enjoying the fall colours with the 2015 European Rover Challenge champion!

Enjoying the fall colours with the 2015 European Rover Challenge champion!

ERC – 1st Place Finish

After finally getting some sleep last night – though not as much as we wanted – we got to the ERC competition grounds to complete our final event – the sample task. Luckily, our equipment was well-suited to the task, and we scored higher than any team up until that point! In particular, our drill for deep-soil sampling with a built in core-catcher, made us the only team to successfully retrieve a deep-soil sample.

Picking up a rock for the sample task

Picking up a rock for the sample task

Preparing the drill - note the rock safely secured in the back container

Preparing the drill – note the rock safely secured in the back container

We then had to write up a report on the samples we retrieved, and learned a bit about geology in the process.

After the task, we packed up the rover for shipment back to Canada, and headed into town for lunch.

We headed back to the competition site, and anxiously awaited the results with all of the other teams at the closing ceremony.

Waiting for the announcement of the winners at the closing ceremony

Waiting for the announcement of the winners at the closing ceremony

After hearing that McGill and #Next (of Poland) had placed in third and second respectively, we figured that we must have lost to both of them. It was absolutely unbelievable when they announced that USST had taken first place! There were a lot of interviews, photos, and general excitement. All of the work over the summer, and all of the work on Friday night had paid off! We also won some pretty exciting prizes, including 1000 USD and a 5000 PLN voucher, along with three Edison embedded computers.

Accepting our first place prizes in a state of overjoyed disbelief

Accepting our first place prizes in a state of overjoyed disbelief

We are so happy with our outcome, and we can’t wait to get some rest. We’re looking forward to continuing work on the rover, and have seen a lot of cool design ideas this weekend.

Thanks for checking in – looking forward to keeping our updates up in the future!