We are very excited that a group of WPI graduate students have selected Oryx 2.0 as their mobility platform for the 2013 NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge! Check out what they are up to at http://robot.wpi.edu/rover.
The summer has a been a little quiet for Oryx 2.0 but this last week we were in Chicago at ASME’s IDETC Conference, because we were selected as a finalist for their Student Mechanism and Robot Design Competition. After giving a presentation and poster session about Oryx 2.0, we were announced to be the winner of the 2012 undergraduate robot design division! During this conference we realized how much great student mechanism and robot design going on around the world!
Oryx did not officially participate in the NASA Sample Return Robot Challenge but was asked to share the stage with NASA’s Deputy Administrator (Lori Garver) and Chief Technologist (Mason Peck). Oryx was also given an opportunity to search for the pre-cached sample through teleoperated after the competition was over and did very well!
Thanks to WPI Marketing and Communications for these pictures from the event! There are many more that can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/wpimarketing/
Oryx 2.0 was featured on FOX 25 News this morning. The video can be seen at this link:
We know that some of you may not have been able to watch the livestream of us competing yesterday. Fortunately, we were able to record the live stream so you can watch it any time you want. The video below shows our run through the entire competition, from beginning to end, with our official start time occurring at the six minute mark. It’s pretty action-packed, but if you want to see specific highlights, check out our channel at http://www.justin.tv/wpiteamoryx/videos. Over the next few days, we will be going through the video and picking out the most exciting portions of our run.