As the Vice-President and lead Mechanical Engineer for the University of Portland Robotics Team, I take a large role in the design and fabrication of our Robotic Mining Challenge (RMC) robot. All parts are designed in house by the Mech Team and integrated with electronics from our EE and CS teams. As a whole team, we are competing in the RMC competition at the Kennedy Space Center for the third time during Summer 2019.
The 2019 year robot, with bucket chain and conveyor dumping mechanism is capable of digging to the a maximum depth of 47 cm, 2 full centimeters past the maximum depth of the digging arena.
The 2019 robot will fit inside competition designated dimensions… just! While this rover has a large footprint, it is light on its wheels, weighing in at under 60 kilograms.
The Rover pictured consists of a transport assembly and an independent digging robot. They work in unison to dig and transport regolith continually. This design was used for the 2015 competition and has since been retired.
All fabrication for the RMC is done by the students with in-depth training from our highly skilled shop techs.