Robots destined for the Moon require extensive prototyping and testing in analogous terrain. In Red Whittaker’s Advanced Mobile Robot Development class, the class developed a prototype lunar rover. I developed the visual odometry software and led the field-test to evaluate the solar panels, electronics, and robot software.
The field test took place at Robot City which is a test site in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The power system, visual odometry, and the graphical user interface underwent testing and the reliability of hardware and software was demonstrated. The rocky terrain around Robot City shares qualities with the lunar surface and provided ideal conditions for lunar robot testing.