Russian pupils, the finalists of the “Duty on the Planet” program of the Circle Classes of the National Technology Initiative (NTI), created a prototype of the autonomous space rover for space research in the form of the robot snake, as the Press Service of the organization reported to RIA News.
The space rover moves with digital servodrive — 11 servo motors rotating the chains in the XZ (forward) or XY (to the side) planes. The robot structure also includes Arduino Nano boards, front and rear cameras, sensors (temperature, humidity, magnetic field, vibration, and distance gauge), receivers, accumulator batteries for the rover and camera.
The prototype of the space rover was developed by a team of pupils from Krasnoyarsk gymnasium No. 10. They think that such robot-researchers can be used in future in space biology, space geology, dynamic meteorology, including for making the detailed 3D-surveys of locations of the planets, chemistry charts of the location, local relief mapping.
The “Duty on the Planet” program includes five competitions in three areas: small satellites, on-board systems and space missions; ground segment; space data use and processing. The planners of the program are the NTI Circle Classes, “Sirius”Educational Centre (“Talent and Success” Fund), Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), State Corporation “Roskosmos” and Innovation Promotion Fund.