Faculty Advisor

Ciaraldi, Michael J.

Faculty Advisor

Stafford, Kenneth A.

Abstract

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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Computer Science

Major

Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Computer Science

Advisor Department

Robotics Engineering

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