Engineering, computer science, biology, geology and business management at Binghamton University all come together to build a functional Mars rover.
If humans really do colonize Mars, they might need a robotic friend to help explore and set up our outposts. The Binghamton University Rover Team is ready for that challenge. The team is building a prototype rover that can not only survive conditions on Mars, but also can run through a checklist of things that a Mars outpost might need.
The rover needs the ability to help with scientific discoveries by drilling, taking and analyzing soil samples to determine whether life is present. Likewise, it should be able to use tools, twist screws, interact with computers and move objects. It also needs to be able to travel on its own to find tools at certain GPS coordinates or bring tools to a colonist. When traveling, it has to be able to pass through gates and survive tumultuous terrain.
The rover developed by Binghamton students will compete against the designs of other schools as part of the Mars Society's annual University Rover Challenge.
The team is made up of 30 students from every Watson College discipline as well as students from the School of Management, Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and Harpur College of Arts and Sciences' Biology Department.
The team is a project of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Watson College, and it is entirely student run. Students are divided into seven subteams, including drive, arm/gripper, science, electrical, software, business/operations, and research and development.
If you are interested in learning more about the team, email email@example.com.
Chief Engineer: Daniel Iacobacci (Diacoba1@binghamton.edu)
Technical Project Manager: Zachary Schwid (Zschwid1@binghamton.edu)
Check out our official entries into the University Rover Challenge for the last two years: