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University of Saskatchewan Space Design Team to Compete in Mars Rover Challenge
23 January 2014
The University of Saskatchewan Space Design Team (USST) is officially registered in the University Rover Challenge (http://urc.marssociety.org/) hosted by the Mars Society at their Mars Research Station near Hanksville, Utah. The team members are designing and constructing a rover to participate in this competition, which takes place at the end of May. The USST will be competing against a pool of international competitors in a series of events to test the rover.
The rover is being designed to operate in rough and challenging terrain, perform sample collection and analysis, and complete equipment maintenance and transfer.
The USST is a student group composed of members from the College of Engineering, Edwards School of Business, Computer Science, and Biology. The group is dedicated to developing new space technology by working on projects, and participating in competitions related to the space industry. The USST has proven to achieve excellence through its designs since its formation in 2005.
For more information please visit our website, usst.ca. To arrange for interviews please contact:
The USST is now participating in the University Rover Challenge hosted by the Mars Society! We were unable to participate in the NASA Lunabotics competition due to a rule changing preventing us from entering. The University Rover Challenge allowed us keep some of the work, and what we learned from the time we spent on the Lunar Excavator. The goal of the new project is to design a multipurpose rover. For more information see our project page.
The USST recently started a secondary project, to launch high altitude balloons carrying cameras and various experiments. For this project we are working with members of the Saskatoon Amateur Radio Club. This was their twentieth successful flight! As this was our first launch our payload contained some cameras and a sensor package measuring temperature, pressure and our GPS location. We are looking forward to continuing the development of our payload and hope to bring this project to the schools we visit!
On Thursday September 12 at 6:00 in room 1B71 in the U of S Engineering building we will be holding an information session for anyone interested in joining the team. We are always welcoming new members no matter your discipline or college. Members currently come from Engineering, Computer Science and Edwards School of Business.
We will be answering questions, talking about the project and how you can get involved over the coming year.
Beside working on an awesome project some other benefits of USST include multidisciplinary design experience and opportunities for management experience!
If you cannot make it out to the meeting contact any of the team leadership for more information!
We hope to see lots of new faces!
Even though the school year has ended the team has been hard at work. The mechanical team is completing the detailed design of the digging and storage mechanisms along with the mobility system. The prototype should hopefully be up and running before the beginning of the school year. There has been great progress from the electrical team. A prototype has been constructed to begin testing out the software before the mechanical team is done constructing our own frame.
We installed a very large white board in our team for brainstorming or drawing sketches while brainstorming! Everyone on the team has been enjoying this and find it to be very useful. It has even served as a project screen while watching the 2013 NASA Lunabotics Competition.
Hey everyone! As a part of the Samsung Youth Editor Contest we will be holding a Space Technology Symposium!
You can come and view our current project along with previous ones. There will be several displays showcasing how space technology affects our everyday lives and how important the development of space technology, and the space industry is.
This is an excellent opportunity for you to talk to team members if you are interested in joining the team and working on the design of a lunar excavator.
For more information regarding the event, or joining the team, please email email@example.com
- Friday march 15, 2013
- 5:00-8:00 pm
- 1B79 Engineering (57 Campus Drive)
See you there!
Our video for the Samsung Youth Editor is now available! Check it out on the team’s Youtube Channel.
The USST was recently accepted into Samsung Canada’s Youth Editors 2013 Top 17. Through this we received a Samsung Smart PC ATIV Pro, along with some other merchandise and financial support. Check out the Samsung Website, where this was announced. Follow us on Facebook to receive updates as we progress through the contest.
The team has begun working on its newest project, the design and construction of a lunar excavator. The goal of this project is to design a robot that can be remotely controlled, or autonomously operate on its own to excavate (pick up) the sediment on the lunar surface. This robot is called a lunabot. The team hopes to, and is planning on participating in the annual NASA Lunabotics Mining Competition.
We are pleased to announce that former team president, Aarya Shahsavar, gave a successful talk on the new frontiers of space at TEDxWinnipeg on September 13th at the Winnipeg Art Gallery! To view his TED talk check out his video here.