More than 20 faculty and researchers and dozens of students and alumni are working on multiple projects that support America’s space program and NASA’s return to the moon — including the Artemis 1 mission launching Aug. 29.
Month: August 2022
Led by Anna Metke, FSI’s Exolith Lab has been instrumental in supporting the successful NASA Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) testing. The latest lunar rover is destined to explore the topography of the moon in November 2024 and has shown promising signs.
The Sim SmackDown, or Simulation Exploration Experience, is a long running, international cooperative event combining Industry, Academia and Government to simulate future Lunar and Martian settlement concepts. NASA provides mentors, tools, architectures and challenges; Industry provides tools and standards; and Academia provides technologies and students from around the world. The UCF team is responsible for both the Lunar Base and the complete computing infrastructure for the entire simulation.
NASA created an indoor robotics arena for the their Lunabotics Competition. The desire was to run small rovers in smaller competitions for middle and high school students. The team ported the EZ-RASSOR software to the NASA hardware platform and developed competition management tools for use by the Education team. The Software was complete on time, the NASA hardware is still in development.
The Marsupial Rover is student developed and based on a NASA SwampWorks challenge. The goal is to leverage EZ-RASSOR software, NASA concepts, RE-RASSOR and Phoenix (small and large rovers) to create an autonomous resource harvesting system for the Moon or Mars.
EZ-RASSOR is student developed, NASA Sponsored, open sources software for rover management and operation; details are available on the GitHub. The goal is to create a generalized rover management system suitable for remote control use, but extendable to autonomous navigation, swarm operation and local decision making. EZ-RASSOR began as a ROS 1.0 project. The 2021/22 team converted the code base to work in the ROS 2.0 environment while addressing ROS shortfalls in areas that impacted overall performance and RE-RASSOR goals.