We are a team of students from Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten, Germany. We focuses on designing and building a rover which can be fully worked in Mars Environment for the international rover challenges.We are the first German team to participate in this competition. The goal of the team, is achieving the best grade in the competition. Moreover, the students will be able to get practical experience related to their studies.
Developing and designing a rover capable of performing Crash Site Forensics: Find and reach the location(s) of a crashed lander,Record the GPS coordinates locations of the lander etc;Equipment Servicing;Surface Sampling;Search and Rescue;Traversal and TransportLearn More
The large scope of this project brings together all engineering disciplines, including Aerospace,
Mechanical, Software, Electrical, Computer Systems, Physics, and Computer Science.
The team was established by two bachelor students: Daniel Heimman and Su-in Hwang, from the faculty of Electrical Engineering. The team was found in August, 2018. After the team was created, the pair recruited members through the university’s e-mailing system. The first recruitment consists of students who are interested in space engineering and technologies. Among the first batch of members, four leaders for the sub-teams were selected. The sub-teams are: Mechanical, Electrical, Software/Programming, and Management. More members are recruited during the orientation week for international students and the welcoming week for freshmen at the beginning of the academic semester. Number of active team members at the moment is 35 members, most of whom are Master students. Since they are Master students, they have had some experiences in working on scientific projects similar to this.
The limit for the cost of the rover is 18,000 USDs, which equal to around 16,000 Euros. This is our initial, desired budget. The team became one of the university’s official team and thus, was granted a budget of 10,000 Euros (equivalent to approximately 11,000 USD). After securing 10,000 Euros from the university’s sponsorship. We are seeking sponsorship from companies, with the target to attain the rest of the budget for the rover, which is 6,000 Euros. The university also granted us access to all of the necessary facilities that are available within the university’s capability, such as mechanical labs with 3D printing, electrical labs, some electrical components and other equipment. Moreover, we also have a room as headquarter and the right to reserve necessary room for meetings. The fund required for travel from our location in Germany to the location in Utah, USA (round-trip) and accommodation during the competition is estimated to be around 3,000 USD per person. We plan to bring at least 10 people (nine students and one professor) to the competition. We also take into account another 3,000 USD for the overhead that would incur elsewhere, such as insurance, car rental in US, food and other supporting services. Thus, the cost for the team members to participate in the competition with the rover would be around 33,000 USD in total. The table below describes in brief our team’s current capital situation.
The plan for the acquisition of the needed fund will be conducted from March to May. During which we will approach prospect institutions (companies that affiliate with our universities and partner universities; companies that doing business in aerospace industry; companies in the local area and institutions that frequently sponsor students’ scientific projects). We will give them our PR products which are brochures flyers, T-shirts, stickers, university notebooks and tote bags, along with our business plan and sponsor packages. If they are interested in sponsoring us, we will invite them to a meeting, during which we will present our project in order to motivate them to sponsor us.
The team’s project management tasks consist of three parts: top-level communication, sub-team management and external connection. For top-level communication, tasks are ensuring seamless communication and knowledge sharing between all leaders and their members, synchronize sub-team schedules into team’s overall schedule and finally record expenditures, make purchases and conduct documentation. For sub-team management, each sub-team leader is responsible to assign tasks to suitable members and ensure the completion. For external connection, tasks involve recruitment plan, seeking sponsors and publicity activities in and outside of the university.