Sponsors

Without the gracious support of our sponsors this project would not be possible.  If you are interested in supporting this project please email, rover@wpi.edu.


AGCO (Platinum Sponsor) is a global leader focused on the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural machinery. AGCO supports more productive farming through a full line of tractors, combines, hay tools, sprayers, forage equipment, tillage, implements, grain storage and protein production systems, as well as related replacement parts. AGCO products are sold through four core machinery brands, Challenger®, Fendt®, Massey Ferguson® and Valtra®, and are distributed globally through 3,100 independent dealers and distributors in more than 140 countries worldwide. Founded in 1990, AGCO is headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, USA. In 2011, AGCO had net sales of $8.8 billion.


KVH (Platinum Sponsor) is a leading manufacturer of solutions that provide global high-speed Internet, television, and voice services via satellite to mobileusers at sea, on land, and in the air. They are also a premier manufacturer of high performance navigational sensors and integrated inertial systems for defense and commercial guidance and stabilization applications. KVH’s research and development, manufacturing and quality control capabilities have enabled KVH to meet the demanding standards of military, consumer and commercial customers for performance and reliability. KVH is based in Middletown, Rhode Island, with offices in Illinois, Denmark, Norway and Singapore.


Clearpath Robotics (Platinum Sponsor) is a Canadian startup company founded in 2009 by four graduates of the University of Waterloo’s Mechatronics Engineering program. Specializing in the design and manufacture of robust and reliable unmanned vehicle solutions for industrial and academic R&D, Clearpath employs roboticists specializing in unmanned vehicle design and control. Our team has backgrounds ranging from drivetrain design to autonomous navigation. High profile clients such as the Department of National Defense, Canadian Space Agency, US Navy, MIT and Carnegie Mellon University are proving Clearpath Robotics really is Your Unmanned Expert™.


Harmonic Drive LLC (Silver Sponsor) is the leader in the design, development, and manufacturing of zero backlash, high precision motion control products. Harmonic Drive™ servo actuators, gearheads, and gear components are very compact, yet deliver high torque and are capable of 30 arc-second position accuracy and +/- 5 arc-second repeatability. Both standard and customer specific designs are available in many sizes, ratios, and configurations. Harmonic Drive products are extensively used in industrial robot, mobile robot and aerospace applications, including the Apollo Lunar Rover, Mars Exploration Rovers and the Mars Science Laboratory.


NVIDIA (Silver Sponsor) awakened the world to computer graphics when it invented the GPU in 1999. Today, its processors power a broad range of products from smart phones to supercomputers. NVIDIA’s mobile processors are used in cell phones, tablets and auto infotainment systems. PC gamers rely on GPUs to enjoy spectacularly immersive worlds. Professionals use them to create visual effects in movies and design everything from golf clubs to jumbo jets. And researchers utilize GPUs to advance the frontiers of science with high-performance computing. The company holds more than 5,000 patents issued, allowed, or filed.


Dragon Innovation (General Sponsor) is a USA & Far East-based product development and manufacturing team with services ranging from engineering through all phases of the China manufacturing process. With teams in Boston, Hong Kong and Shenzhen, Dragon Innovation provides a seamless worldwide team with one goal: ensuring your success in the consumer electronics, home health, wireless and toys market spaces. Your company will benefit from real-time responses, improved quality, higher efficiencies and easier communications coupled with significant financial savings.


Gigavac (General Sponsor) produces a line of Power Products designed and manufactured in the USA. Included are EPIC sealed contactors with ratings from 12VDC to 750VDC and up to 5000A enabling use in traditional ICE, hybrid systems, electric vehicles and other environmentally critical applications. Normally open, normally closed, and latching versions are available. Sensing contactors offer integrated electronics with capabilities that include low voltage disconnects (LVD), voltage sensing, current sensing, and customer defined profiles. GIGAVAC’s MiniTactor P105 offers true cost effective switching. The manual battery disconnects complete GIGAVAC’s current line of Power Products. Other GIGAVAC products include compact high voltage relays.


Advanced Circuits (General Sponsor) has been the leading PCB quick turn manufacturer specializing in both Prototype and Production quantities since 1989. Advanced Circuits is MIL-PRF-31032, MIL-PRF-55110G, AS9100C, ISO 9001:2008 Certified, IPC 6012 Class 2, 3 and 3A Qualified, and ITAR Registered. Advanced Circuits, with divisions in Aurora, CO, Tempe, AZ, and Maple Grove, MN is ranked among the top 4 board fabricators in North America and is well-known for its expedited turn time capabilities and its reliable best on-time shipping record.

Thorlabs (General Sponsor), a vertically integrated photonics products manufacturer, was founded in 1989 to serve the laser and electro-optics research market. As that market has spawned a multitude of technical innovations, Thorlabs has extended its core competencies in an effort to play an ever increasing role serving the Photonics Industry at the research end, as well as the industrial, life science, medical, and defense segments. The organization’s highly integrated and diverse manufacturing assets include semiconductor fabrication of Fabry-Perot, DFB, and VCSEL lasers, fiber towers for drawing glass optical fibers (silica, fluoride, tellurite, and hollow core), MBE crystal growth machines, extensive glass and metal fabrication facilities, advanced thin film deposition capabilities, and optomechanical and optoelectronic shops.

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MQP Sponsors

The following sponsors supported the MQP team that designed, machined, and constructed Oryx as a research platform.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute was the first university with a bachelor’s degree program in robotics engineering. It has a unique project-based education unparalleled by any other university. WPI is providing its expertise in robotics engineering through its world-class faculty advisors, manufacturing facilities, and financial support.

Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of precision DC drive components. Maxon’s performance in planetary exploration was proven with NASA’s Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. Maxon graciously provided us with high performance brushless drive motors and EPOS controllers to make sure our rover will keep going through the most difficult terrain and conditions!


 

The MathWorks, Inc.is the developer of MATLAB and other mathematical software tools that are used extensively by researchers around the world. MathWorks has generously supported this project financially as well as with licenses of their software tools. MATLAB has been the primary software used for rover simulations and data analysis.

Linemaster Switch Corporation is a world leader in foot switch technology, and is an expert in engineering and manufacturing foot switches in both the industrial and medical sectors. A key sponsor of this project, Linemaster’s financial support has gone a long way in making this project possible.

InterSense, Inc. is a market leader in the design and development of precision motion technology, including inertial tracking and sensor fusion solutions. InterSense produces ultra-miniature, low-power sensors and flexible software solutions. InterSense has loaned us one of their IneritaCube3 (IMU) sensors for this project!

National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been at the leading edge of space exploration for over 50 years. Their various programs throughout the years have resulted in many rover’s and other space exploration technologies. NASA serves as a title sponsor for the RASC-AL Exploration Robo-Ops competition that we competed in last year and hope to compete in again this year. Their competition not only provided us the inspiration to develop our rover but also significant financial support for last years Oryx 1.0.

National Institute of Aerospace is a non-profit aerospace and atmospheric research and graduate education facility near NASA’s Langley Research Center. The NIA is comprised of researchers and professors from many top universities. The NIA is the primary organizer of the RASC-AL Exploration Robo-Ops event. They did a great job with the inaugural event last year and we hope to work with them again this year.

Axis Communications is a leading expert in network video. They offer a broad range of high quality network cameras, and a wide portfolio of products for professional IP video surveillance. Axis is providing us with one of their rugged high-resolution IP cameras, used for outdoor video surveillance. Their generous donation will greatly enhance the vision capabilities of our rover, allowing us to reliably survey the landscape and look for rock samples of interest.

Barnstorm Cycles

Barnstorm Cycles is a full service motorcycle shop, specializing in full custom builds. They also provide custom fabrication, machining, and welding services. Their generous donation of precision aluminum welding services is an essential aspect of our rover, and provides us with the ability to make lightweight and strong components in configurations that would otherwise not be possible.

Tesla Motors is a leader in electric cars, and is introducing high performance electric vehicles that aim to lessen global dependence on petroleum-based transportation, while making electric cars increasingly affordable and available for consumers. Their donation of lithium-ion battery cells will provide the power for our rover, in a lightweight and high energy density package that is ideal for our application.

igus inc. manufacturers unique plastic bearing products and continuous-flex cable. Through the igus Y.E.S. program, they have graciously supported us with a majority of the rover cable, slewing rings, and some other bearing products. igus products will help us keep the weight down on our rover. Their donated slewing rings are the backbone of the pan mechanism on our camera boom and arm of the rover.
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