Welcome week started off with the Club Expo in the Usask Bowl and ended with a wonderful pancake breakfast before our new member orientation and first design meeting of the semester in the Engineering Hardy Lab.
Header Image - Our team at CIRC Protocase Central (Credit: Angela Howell)
Our team had a great showing at the second annual Canadian International Rover Challenge.
Our team only had 55 days between returning from the University Rover Challenge in Utah and leaving for CIRC in Drumheller. In this time we had to modify our rover to operate in the two new tasks at CIRC, the resource extraction and night search and rescue tasks.
Our team built a linear actuator driven front end loader attachment for our rover. Our loader had integrated load cells, allowing us to weigh our payload to approximately +/- 5 grams.
Our search and rescue modifications included a custom student built 360-degree infrared camera; high power LED lights, a yagi antenna to track an emergency radio beacon, and a holster to carry oxygen tanks, space suit repair kits, a light beacons.
Our rover came in second in the Search and Rescue task and fifth overall in the Canadian International Rover Challenge. We had a wonderful lime competing and getting to know the other rover teams from across the globe.
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.
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.
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!
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College of Engineering
University of Saskatchewan
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.
To see our recent interview with the Star Phoenix, please go here.
The USST has passed the final stage to attend the 2015 University Rover Challenge. While there was a record of 44 team’s to apply to the URC, only 23 were accepted to participate in this challenge. This decision was based on the critical design review where the team’s had to submit both a report, and a video for this. For more information on the accepted team’s the official announcement can be viewed here.
In the third video of the 2015 design series you can see the rocker-bogie suspension system. While this is the same system we used last year, stronger, and more reliable joints are being used together with the redesigned differential and in-wheel motors to obtain a significantly better mobility system in comparison to the previous year. Check out the 2015 rocker-bogie.
This past Sunday the USST Vice-President of Engineering, Austin Shirley, had a discussion on CBC radio about our rover, the URC, and the benefits of participating in the USST! Check it out!
As a part of URC 2015, there will be a limit on the number of teams that can participate due to logistical challenges faced in last year’s competition. The final milestone before the competition the team must pass before competition is to complete the critical design review. One aspect of this is a video that demonstrates the progress of the team on its design and construction. Check out our video submission!