Overview of the Mars Rover

For the first time in its history, McGill Robotics will be undertaking the challenge of designing and manufacturing a Rover for the Mars Society University Rover Challenge, taking place in the Mars Desert Rover Station (MDRS) in Utah. In this competition, teams are expected to operate their rover in a Mars-like desert environment completing various runs to accomplish complex tasks. Tasks include traversing rough terrains, bringing payloads to remote locations, accomplishing fine manipulations to service a control panel, and assisting an astronaut. In every run, the teams are expected to wirelessly operate their rover for a distance of up to one kilometer, and continuously rely on sensor feedback provided by the onboard IMUs, GPS, cameras, and science instruments. The rover will be wirelessly operated and will accomplish various tasks semi-autonomously. Our rover will feature two hot swappable manipulators and two cameras, and have various electrical housings mounted on an aluminum frame. The entire rover will weigh approximately 50 kg and be slightly smaller than NASA’s Opportunity rover. An efficient user interface was created, as we believe that success of such the challenge relies on human-rover communication. The overall design will focus on systems modularity to allow fast repairs and quick configuration changes for every run.

Key facts about the Mars Rover
Name Artemis!
Weight 50 kg
Budget 15 000$
Suspension Arrangement Used Rocker-Bogie System
Top Speed 1.5 m/s
Arm's degrees of freedom 6
Avg. Battery Life 2 h
Number of Wheels 6
Number of Motors and Servos 20+
Number of Cameras 6
Communication Range (LOS) 2.5 km
Communication Antenna Frequency 2.4 GHz and 900 Mhz

Motor Controller




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Content: McGill Robotics
Design: Erin & team
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