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Richard and David winch MARVIN, the rover, from the workshop floor to street
level. The rover is being taken to Perry Lake ATV park to test the
GPS system and the ability to drive the rover along a preset course
using remote controls.
MARVIN is down on the driving surface.
The solenoid on the winch burned out as the vehicle was lowered, so
it will have to be replaced or a new method devised for winch work.
You can see the laser range-finder on the front of the vehicle.
On the roof of the vehicle is the 360°
camera. Behind that you can see the exhaust pipe that was built for
You can see one of the emergency stop buttons
(the red button on the yellow plate by the door). The team installed
these in case the remote braking system fails at any point. You can
also see the driver's seat used for driving the vehicle manually.
Having multiple backup systems is necessary when one is "on the
Hans secures the doors while Richard secures
the rover to the boat trailer for the trip to the testing area. Hans
had manually driven the rover onto the trailer
Hans and Eric work to get the actuators
positioned exactly right. The actuators are responsible for running
the vehicle remotely and need to be very finely tuned to ensure the
vehicle can run at the speed desired, make turns, and keep the vehicle
on the path.
This is some of the equipment on the equipment
rack in the back of Marvin. Richard is plugging in the vehicle GPS
(Global Positioning System) unit. You can see a little of the generator
behind the equipment rack.
The vehicle GPS unit has been attached
to the vehicle. We have great weather for this test.
Richard begins setting up the GPS base
The antenna of the base station has been
The receiver is now attached.
Now the whole thing is attached to the computer for
Richard works on the settings of the GPS unit and begins
to receive data.
Click on the picture above to see a video of the rover driving under
wireless joystick control. You will need Quicktime
to access this file.