UMass Lowell Rover Hawks:
NASA RASC-AL Robo-Ops 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Thank you

Hello, everyone.  It's been an incredible week for the Rover Hawks.  We'd like to thank all of you for following our team's progress on our blog and on Facebook.

Thank you to all of our sponsors: NASA, the National Institute of Aerospace, Harvest Automation, Scanning Devices, Ideas Inc., and SolidWorks.

The competition at JSC was very well run.  Many thanks to Stacy Dees, Shelley Spears, and Kelsey Glomb of NIA for organizing the competition and to the RASC-AL Robo-Ops Steering Committee: Pat Troutman, NASA Langley Research Center; Doug Stanley, National Institute of Aerospace; Lyndon Bridgwater, NASA Johnson Space Center; Sharon Jefferies, NASA Langley Research Center; Lucien Junkin, NASA Johnson Space Center; Lane Honeycutt, NASA Johnson Space Center; and Raymond Guo, General Motors (NASA JSC).  Additionally, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to all of the NASA JSC employees who gave us amazing tours of the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, Mission Control, and the Lunar Sample Laboratory Facility. 

Finally, thanks to everyone at UMass Lowell and the NERVE Center for supporting and promoting our entry into this year's RASC-AL Robo-Ops Competition.  It truly was a team effort, and we appreciate all of your help.

Go Rover Hawks!

Photos from the past week

If you'd like to see photos from the past week, we have two photo sets on Flickr.

The first is a small set of photos of our team, both at the JSC Rock Yard and NERVE.

The second has many more photos from the week, including our tours and other teams.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Close up of the plaque

We won!!!!!

Photos from NERVE Center mission control

During the Rover Hawks' run today a small crowd gathered at the NERVE Center to watch them and cheer them on. Below are some photos of what we saw through the rover's cameras, as well as other celebratory shenanigans (i.e. the enormous bell we rang every time a rock was found and placed in the rover's basket).