The Fall 2017 Kick-off meeting will be held this Wednesday at 4:10 p.m. A meet and greet will follow in the Howe Hall Atrium. Refreshments will be served.
The MAVRIC team competed in the 2017 University Rover Challenge held in Hanksville, UT and organized by the Mars Society. The competition took place from June 1st to June 3rd 2017. This year a record of 82 teams from all over the world competed in the competition. The URC then down selects teams based on a video submission and report which then reduces the number of teams to 36 that are invited to the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) located near Hanksville, UT. MAVRIC was one of the 36 teams invited to compete in Utah. High temperatures, dust and sand awaits the teams and their rovers as they compete in completing four tasks: Equipment Servicing, Science Cache, and new this year was the Extreme Delivery and Traversal and a fully autonomous mode task.
The MAVRIC team faced many challenges upon arrival to the MDRS. Electrical issues caused an issue with control of the arm on the first task which was the Extreme Delivery and Traversal task. After the team debugged many of the issues, they competed the next day in the Equipment Servicing task only to have an electrical short that disabled the rover shortly into the task. On the final day the team was able to compete in the Science Cache task only to have another problem with the rovers drive motors. The team was able to compete to the end, but the electrical issues resulted in a final score of 146.6 points and put them at 31st place.
“The MAVRIC team learned a lot from this experience and they worked very hard on the rover, often working through the night to make repairs to the rover.” said Matthew Nelson, Make to Innovate Director and also accompanied the team on the trip. Mr. Nelson also stated that the extreme environment in the desert often causes electrical systems to fail. The team is currently planning on a new design for the rover that can compete in the URC in 2018.
The CySat team was interviewed and featured in the ISU Daily. The team was recently accepted by NASA into the Cubesat Student Launch Initiative (CSLI). You can read the full article here.
The 0620 lab will be closed after 3/10/2017 at 6:00 p.m. and will remain closed until 3:00 p.m. on 3/20/17. There will be no lab monitors on duty during this time. Enjoy your Spring Break!
The MAVRIC team was recently in featured in an Engineering and Technology article for winning the Rohde & Schwarz 2 minute competition. The article covers the other competitors but outlines what made MAVRIC unique when it came to winning the competition.
A combination of the judges’ opinion and social media reaction to the project videos led to a team from the Make to Innovate (M:2:I) project at Iowa State University ultimately being declared the winner. – E&T
MAVRIC won a new Rohde & Schwarz Scope Rider portable oscilloscope that will be used by the team to diagnose and troubleshoot the rover’s electrical system.
The kick-off meeting for the Spring 2017 semester will be held on January 12th at 4:00 p.m. in the Alliant Energy-Lee Liu auditorium in Howe Hall. This event is required for all students in Make to Innovate but is open to all students at Iowa State University.
Following the meeting there will be an open house and meet and greet in the Howe Hall Atrium. This is an excellent opportunity for new students to meet with the different projects that M:2:I has to offer. Refreshments will be provided.
The 0620 Lab will be closed after November 17th until November 27th. There will be no hours on November 18th or over Thanksgiving break. We will resume normal hours on November 28th.
The Make to Innovate (M:2:I) program at Iowa State University is delighted to announce sponsorship from The Boeing Company. Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company will sponsor a partnership that aligns an industry leader with engineering students at Iowa State University.
The M:2:I program, which began in 2011, provides students the opportunity to participate in aerospace design projects that address real-world problems. Currently, over 200 students are involved, working on 13 projects.
“In five short years, M:2:I has progressed from an idea to the signature program for our department, and we are proud to have Boeing as our sponsor,” said Rich Wlezien, chair of the department.
Dennis Muilenburg, CEO of Boeing who earned his BS from Iowa State in 1986, made a few remarks in Howe Hall on Wednesday before the new logo was unveiled. “Boeing is very proud of this partnership,” Muilenburg said. “We think Boeing can add value to the pipeline of talented engineers created by the Make to Innovate program.”
Boeing employees will serve as technical advisors for five projects, mentoring the students as they establish future connections for life after Iowa State. In return, students get real-world experience that will give them the tools to become better engineers.
“The sponsorship will help M:2:I to better support our students’ projects, and equip our students with the resources and equipment they need,” Matthew Nelson, Director of M:2:I said. “Boeing will be a great resource to our students for additional insight from industry engineers about their projects.”
Original story by Clay Paciorek, Photos by Amy Vinchattle
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