Our Robot Proposal

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Why should sponsors fund our robot?

Our robot is privately funded, it is not funded by the government.  Our robot has become the key theme for our storybook, community outreach project.  Funding our robot will have a large affect internationally, excite youth to be involved in STEM, bring GLXP Teams, Moonbots Teams, and the public together to tell and hear the compelling story of the "Race to the Moon".  Team Indus will collaborate with our robot and team members to teach and encourage, "While winning is everything, the journey is equally if not more important".  Not only is our robot unique, through patience, creativity, and confidence our robot are will implement unique approaches to solve difficult missions. It may be hard but it is not impossible.  We enjoy the competitive edge to sharpen and learn new skills at the same time be part of something historic.  Our team is very excited about this competition.  We have the passion and the experience to successfully collect Helium 3 and Water Ice regardless of the terrain and orientation of the rings.  Through the years we have developed time management and team building skills needed to integrate smart designs to complete the challenging tasks.  Our robot has aspirations to meet Camilla, NASA's rubber chicken.

Robot Structure: Our proposed robot will be a combination of powered rubber wheels and powered smooth plastic tracks for mobility on the moon surface such as ominous craters (Canvin and Chanda), peaks & valleys and other obstacles.  It will also utilize a conveyor belt/track design to keep it from high centering.  We are proud to capture video of remains of NASA’s Apollo missions. During the deep freeze of the lunar night our robot will go into hibernation. All systems go after surviving the Lunar Night. 

Trip beam sensorWARNING Unique and original idea by team member, Steffan. Prototype was built and tested, followed by success! (this uses one light sensor giving a light output and another reading the light value to create a trip wire effect): we will use this technique to grab/pick up mission pieces. Accomplished by driving forward until something blocks the light from the two sensors thus “tripping the sensor”

EOPD Sensor: To gauge distances from our robot to near objects and craters. 

Angle Sensor: To detect when we are driving over a moon ridge or crater. 

Sensor Multiplexor: We cannot use more than 4 sensors with the regular NXT configuration; we will use a Hitechnic sensor multiplexer to allow for more sensor ports. 

Touch Sensor: Along with our trip beam sensor and EOPD sensor we will use a touch sensor to help navigate around the lunar surface.

Ultrasonic Sensor: Used as a way to find our position relative to the Lunar Sky (walls) in case we got lost on the moon. 

IR link sensor: Since we can only use 3 motors with the usual NXT configuration we will use IR link sensors to include Power Functions motors to allow more functionality out of our robot.  

Camera: we will use a wireless LIVE camera to observe and collect performance data from the robot’s perspective.  

Motors: We will be using three NXT motors. Two will be used to power two sets of a wheel/track design and the third will be the motor that powers most of the arm. We would also use Power Function motors to allow our arm to do more than one motion. 

Arm: Jaws 2.0: WARNING Unique and original idea by team member, Steffan! Our arm will consist of at least two motors. One will be the NXT motor that does the heavy work of lifting and lowering the arm. The second motor would be mounted underneath the first one and would spin an axel that would allow us to open and close a jaw at the end of our arm. To transfer the rotary movement from the axel to the arm we would use universal joint/swivel pieces so that whatever the angle of the arm the axel would still be able to turn and open/close the jaws.  Jaws 2.0 would allow us to pick up the Water/Helium no matter what direction it is facing.

We hope you choose our unique and tested robot design to move on to phase 2.

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