Sponsors

Without the gracious support of our sponsors this project would not be possible.  If you are interested in supporting this project please email, rover@wpi.edu.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute was the first university with a bachelor’s degree program in robotics engineering. It has a unique project-based education unparalleled by any other university. WPI is providing its expertise in robotics engineering through its world-class faculty advisors, manufacturing facilities, and financial support.

Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of precision DC drive components. Maxon’s performance in planetary exploration was proven with NASA’s Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. Maxon graciously provided us with high performance brushless drive motors and EPOS controllers to make sure our rover will keep going through the most difficult terrain and conditions!


The MathWorks, Inc. is the developer of MATLAB and other mathematical software tools that are used extensively by researchers around the world.  MathWorks has generously supported this project financially as well as with licenses of their software tools.  MATLAB has been the primary software used for rover simulations and data analysis.

Linemaster Switch Corporation is a world leader in foot switch technology, and is an expert in engineering and manufacturing foot switches in both the industrial and medical sectors. A key sponsor of this project, Linemaster’s financial support has gone a long way in making this project possible.

InterSense, Inc. is a market leader in the design and development of precision motion technology, including inertial tracking and sensor fusion solutions.  InterSense produces ultra-miniature, low-power sensors and flexible software solutions.  InterSense has loaned us one of their IneritaCube3 (IMU) sensors for this project!

National Aeronautics and Space Administration has been at the leading edge of space exploration for over 50 years. Their various programs throughout the years have resulted in many rover’s and other space exploration technologies.  NASA serves as a title sponsor for the RASC-AL Exploration Robo-Ops competition that we competed in last year and hope to compete in again this year.  Their competition not only provided us the inspiration to develop our rover but also significant financial support for last years Oryx 1.0.

National Institute of Aerospace is a non-profit aerospace and atmospheric research and graduate education facility near NASA’s Langley Research Center.  The NIA is comprised of researchers and professors from many top universities.  The NIA is the primary organizer of the RASC-AL Exploration Robo-Ops event.  They did a great job with the inaugural event last year and we hope to work with them again this year.

Axis Communications is a leading expert in network video. They offer a broad range of high quality network cameras, and a wide portfolio of products for professional IP video surveillance. Axis is providing us with one of their rugged high-resolution IP cameras, used for outdoor video surveillance. Their generous donation will greatly enhance the vision capabilities of our rover, allowing us to reliably survey the landscape and look for rock samples of interest.

Barnstorm Cycles

Barnstorm Cycles is a full service motorcycle shop, specializing in full custom builds. They also provide custom fabrication, machining, and welding services. Their generous donation of precision aluminum welding services is an essential aspect of our rover, and provides us with the ability to make lightweight and strong components in configurations that would otherwise not be possible.

Tesla Motors is a leader in electric cars, and is introducing high performance electric vehicles that aim to lessen global dependence on petroleum-based transportation, while making electric cars  increasingly affordable and available for consumers. Their donation of lithium-ion battery cells will provide the power for our rover, in a lightweight and high energy density package that is ideal for our application.

igus inc. manufacturers unique plastic bearing products and continuous-flex cable.  Through the igus Y.E.S. program, they have graciously supported us with a majority of the rover cable, slewing rings, and some other bearing products.  igus products will help us keep the weight down on our rover.  Their donated slewing rings are the backbone of the pan mechanism on our camera boom and arm of the rover.

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