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Week 38: Testing testing...

Sep 16th, 2008 2:17:33 am - Subscribe

Week 38 will be the testing week. We are going to perform as much tests as possible. The crawlers are ready and the sampler / manipulator is the final thing to do before sending the robot to Tenerief. Today we are even ready to reveal some pictures of our work:

http://www.ee.oulu.fi/~nooa/ESA/IMG_2001_res.jpg
Working at the workshop

http://www.ee.oulu.fi/~nooa/ESA/IMG_2036_res.jpg
The crawlers
mood: hungover
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Week 37: The week for final phase of building

Sep 10th, 2008 4:24:04 am - Subscribe

Dear visitor,
The team of university of Oulu has already started the third last week with great enthusiasm. During this week the team will test the improved version of the tracks. The tracks are equipped with kind of cantilevers for better traction.

The second thing to build during this week is the manipulators tool for collecting the sample. We already have the first tested version, but we need to have the emptying capability for clearing out the sample for the scale.

We try to add some video or picture material along the line.

We have already made some great breakthrough with the track system and climbing the steep slope, but there are still lots of things to do before we have to back the robot for shipment (on week 40).

mood:
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Week 36: Time to do some testing

Sep 4th, 2008 2:46:41 am - Subscribe

The first version of the robot is going to be completed in about one or two days. Hard work is showing some results and first testings may start during Wednesday or Thursday.

First testing includes two major testing:
1. Testing the sampling system of the robot
2. Testing the crawlers on a soft soil.

Testing ground will be gravel pit nearby the University:
http://www.ee.oulu.fi/~nooa/ESA/Testground1.png
Testground picture 1
http://www.ee.oulu.fi/~nooa/ESA/Testground2.png
Testground picture 2
mood: well
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Week 35 - Note 1

Aug 25th, 2008 2:22:13 am - Subscribe

Short video about testing the base of the robot. Target for the towing test: Volkswagen Transporter T4 (~ 1700 kg).

mood:
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Week 34: Back from the holidays

Aug 18th, 2008 4:15:05 am - Subscribe

Team of University of Oulu is finally back from summer holidays. Only few sporadic working days were done between the holidays, but enough to make sure that the we are able to start building the robot efficiently from the beginning. Two very important components arrived just in time for the first working day:

- Materials for rollers/crawlers
- Motor for manipulator, which is very nice motor with small size and still 100 N·m torque.

On this week (week 34) we will concentrate on implementing the first version of the manipulator and some major decisions with the controlling system.
mood: stormy
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