Mars is there, waiting to be reached.
Who We Are
Titan Rover is a collaboration of multi-disciplinary students who gather together to research, design, manufacture, and test a Mars Exploration Rover (MER) on behalf of California State University, Fullerton at the University Rover Challenge (URC). Our mission is to develop skills that are applicable in the professional work force and to nurture our members combined passions for space, science, engineering and discovery. Every member is personally motivated to to create a competitive rover utilizing every resource we have.
Every member working on the Titan Rover Project develops skills through application and practice, and can see the payoff for all their hard work in the end.
To meet competition requirements Calypso will be both remotely controlled and have autonomous functions. The chassis is made out of welded aluminum with structural supports and a fully independent suspension system, as well as a low center of gravity to ensure that it can traverse steep gradients without falling over. The brains of Calypso consist of a NVidia TX2 Jetson that receives input from the pilots and sends the commands to the rest of the mobility systems and arm.
With the use of an in-house constructed seven-axis carbon fiber arm with a 360 degree rotating wrist, it will perform tasks such as towing equipment and supplies, retrieving soil samples, monitoring the weather, and completing preventative maintenance on a mock habitation module.
We are made up of three main teams: Mechanical, Electronics, and Controls.
Our Mechanical team designs, manufactures, and maintains our various types of mechanical systems.
Our Electronics team oversees our power systems, signal systems, as well as telemetry and Systems Integration.
Our Controls team programs our user interface, mobility systems, and sensor systems.
It is crucial that we use the knowledge and skills of all of our team members in order to see this ambitious project to it's fruition.
The University Rover Challenge is a competition ran by the Mars Society aimed at colleges to design and build the next generation of Mars rovers that will one day work alongside human explorers in the field. The competition takes place annually at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) just outside of Hanksville, Utah. Each team must build a Rover to accomplish four different tasks: Science Cache, Extreme Retrieval and Delivery, Equipment Servicing and Autonomous Traversal.
The URC presents a suitable challenge requiring innovation, engineering finesse, and dedication.
If you're interested in joining the team, or just want to learn more, message us here!
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