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The payload is designed to deploy a rover that can travel a set distance and deploy solar energy collectors. It is a challenge to build a rover that can traverse the terrain in an unknown, topographically difficult landing location. Obstacles such as rocks and plant debris are to be expected in some capacity, but specifics are unknown. Our success depends on execute the following payload design functions:

  • Drive a distance of 5 feet away from the launch vehicle
  • Unfold solar energy collectors, which increase their surface area upon deployment, from the rover
  • Fit within a cylinder with dimensions of 6 inch diameter and 12 inch height as required by the Launch Vehicle, meet weight requirements as well
    • Note that the payload system takes up its own section of the launch vehicle.
  • Determine the distance traversed since ejection to verify that the distance requirement has been met.
  • Use sensors to determine if there is an obstacle in the way of the rover
    • Use onboard procedures navigate away from or traverse the obstacle.
  • Be tested multiple times under varying conditions to minimize chance of failure

If the rover meets all of the above requirements, this would be considered a successful experiment.