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!
We are at Boston – Logan International Airport waiting for our flight to Houston. We have verbal confirmation that the rover has arrived at the hotel in Houston. Also we can blog from our phones now so expect updates from NASA’s JSC Rock Yard!
Update: We are watching them load our plane up with box after box of New England lobsters!
Update 2: Look at weather.com what you see on entire east coast is not making our trip to Houston easy. Apparently our pilots are still in Newark…
Update 3: Flight cancelled… Ground Crew confirmed that are several thousand pounds of lobsters on board the aircraft that also are not going to Houston tonight… Let’s try again in the morning.