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.

                      

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)