University of Washington’s Husky Robotics is top U.S. team at Rover Challenge

The University of Washington’s Husky Robotics team was the top-performing U.S. team and third on the planet within the 2021 University Rover Challenge earlier this month.

The competitors, which concerned 13 groups from 5 nations, consisted of groups designing and constructing Mars rovers that might carry out a range of duties.

Usually staged within the Utah desert to mimic a Mars environment, the problem was distant this yr as a consequence of COVID-19, and the UW team used a college recreation area to place its Hindsight rover by its paces whereas following directions from judges.

Groups competed in three missions: Tools Servicing mission, Autonomous Navigation mission and Excessive Retrieval and Supply mission. An ideal rating of 100 in that closing mission — together with efficiently navigating a 30-degree incline and 3-foot drop — helped Husky Robotics to its spectacular general end.

“It was an engineering problem to get this one-meter drop to work,” Dylan Klavins, chassis lead for Husky Robotics, stated in a UW News story. “We discovered the kinematics of the autumn shortly earlier than competitors and had our devoted team put together this type of spoiler-looking roll bar out of no matter we had available. Once we drove off the ramp we needed to brace for damaged electronics and an imminent rebuild of the arm, but our answer managed to simply break the autumn.”

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