Ciaraldi, Michael J.
Stafford, Kenneth A.
In-situ resource utilization, or the use of the resources available in a foreign environment, is crucial to the success of manned missions to Mars; however, it is a severely underdeveloped technology. This project explores the development of a rover capable of operating in a simulated Martian environment. The rover is capable of mining large amounts of simulated ice chunks from below the surface, driving its payload to a collection station, and unloading all of the collected material. This project is partially inspired by NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition which served to establish a set of guidelines around which the robot was constructed.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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