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Updated: January 12th, 2011 09:49 AM CDT

Exploring Mars in Utah

Student competition combines real-time video streaming and remote robotic exploration
The UCLA team checks out the Rover on “Mars.”
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The UCLA team checks out the Rover on “Mars.”
A close look at the UCLA Rover showing where the Point Grey Dragonfly 2 cameras are attached.
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A close look at the UCLA Rover showing where the Point Grey Dragonfly 2 cameras are attached.
The UCLA Rover operates on client-server architecture, with the Rover acting as the server. Interfacing with the server program through control subroutines are the serial motor controller, Point Grey Research (Richmond, BC, Canada) Dragonfly2 cameras, and a number of microcontrollers (used for sensor integration).
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The UCLA Rover operates on client-server architecture, with the Rover acting as the server. Interfacing with the server program through control subroutines are the serial motor controller, Point Grey Research (Richmond, BC, Canada) Dragonfly2 cameras, and a number of microcontrollers (used for sensor integration).
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By Barry Hochfelder

There’s a year to figure it out. Meanwhile, the URC judges are thinking of next year’s contest. “Although many of the tasks for 2009 were similar to those in 2008, the requirements and task courses were much more difficult this year,” said Kevin Sloan, Director of the University Rover Challenge. “Despite how hard we made things for these teams, they found ways to accomplish amazing feats. All of the judges and I were extremely impressed at what these students have done. Now the hard job for the judges is to devise even harder tasks for the 2010 URC.”



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