It’s been a long summer, and there has been tons of activity. Testing continues with CALF, a small test vehicle you can see on the media page. We’ve also been doing continuous research, as our official project proposal is due on September 22nd. This document will contain the minimum requirements for the WALRUS Rover, including land and water speeds as well as size, weight, and longevity. We’ve also created a 2-page mission summary which is available here on the website. Both of these documents contain a timeline and budgets for the vehicle.
On the electrical and controls side, we are narrowing down what communication hardware we are interested in and are looking forward to ordering models for distance testing. We are also looking into sponsorships for printing of circuit boards and donations of sensors and other parts.
On the mechanical side, we are very familiar with the kind of power required to move on land, but needed to do research into marine hydrodynamics. We are going to perform a test on campus with a full-sized replica of the rover to verify power requirements for the water domain.
If you are interested in hearing more about our project feel free to look into our bios and mission statement, or contact us if you have additional questions. If you would like to meet the team in person, we will have representatives at the Northeast Robotics Colloquium (October 11th) at Brown university as well as the RoboBusiness 2014 Conference (October 15-17) at the Hynes convention center in Boston. We will be there demonstrating the BRINA robot some of our team worked on, but we would love to talk about the WALRUS Rover!
-The WALRUS Team