Terrain Exploration Analysis Machine

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The rover design is equipped with sensors and cameras that allow it to create 3D maps of the lunar surface, take pictures of the regolith and record solar radiation data.

The design uses a Raspberry Pi to store data and manage the onboard instruments. The robot has four legs to navigate the steep and rugged terrain. The tail is a linear actuator that can extend and retract to act as a fifth point of contact for the rover or change the robot’s center of gravity. The tail has an additional two motors that allow it to adjust its orientation. The arm has five motors that are used to maneuver equipment and any objects that block the robot’s path.

The team produced a prototype from 3D-printed components and easily obtainable electronics. This model tested the robot’s ability to walk, balance and navigate difficult terrain.

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