Ciaraldi, Michael J.
Stafford, Kenneth A.
Our project focused on improving upon the current robot design for the upcoming 2019 competition while adhering to the new rules of NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition. After analyzing the robot, we found that the previous manufacturing of the digging scoops, selection of gearbox, and dated electronic hardware all contribute towards negatively impacting the robot’s efficiency. Possible solutions were to manufacture chain guides and altering the scoop fastening design to resolve the digging ineffectiveness. To achieve full autonomy, we swapped out the previous complex control system to a more integrated and unified hardware. Together with camera vision and sensors, our robot can operate autonomously and be ready to compete in the 2019 Robotic Mining Competition.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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