Off-World Robotics

Explore new worlds with UNSW BLUEsat Off-World Robotics team

Current project

Off World Robotics project is now full. Please apply for the Wait List

VIP Snapshot

We compete with the best teams from around the world to build one of the most sophisticated exploration rovers, NUMBAT 2.0, using the high-tech facilities in UNSW, expertise and resources of BLUEsat team, and full support of the Faculty of Engineering.

Off-World Robotics

ChallENG research goals

We’ll conduct analyses and develop tools on interactions between human and machine over multimedia data by looking at machine learning, artificial intelligence, human-machine interactions and user experience design, among others. We will: 

  • Designing and building a sturdy manipulator robotic arm with its full control system to be able to autonomously pick up samples from the ground (motion control), dig a trench (force and impedance control) and perform maintenance vision-biased control approaches
  • Designing and building an ultralight and structurally sound composite chassis which is durable and equipped with special transportation system to be able to carry the manipulator arm and collected samples as well as navigating through an unknown environment
  • Designing and developing a full control system with power drive, communication system, and measurement unit to be able to provide full autonomous navigation and mapping out the terrain it travels across multiple cameras and sensors (vision-based control and navigation)
  • For future work, developing a solar power source with battery energy storage to provide sustainable power for the rover

NOTE: From 2020, Student Project, Off-World Robotics will be structured as a Vertically Integrated Project team!

Required Background

All engineering degrees are welcome, however students specialising in the below areas are encouraged to apply.

Research Areas* Majors*
  • Control Systems
  • Dynamic and Kinematic of Robotics Manipulators
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Vision-based data collection and control
  • Motion and Trajectory Control
  • Obstacle Avoidance
  • Sensor Interfaces
  • Telemetry
  • Wired and Wireless Communications
  • Electrical Circuit Design
  • Power Source Design
  • Low power circuits
  • CAD/CAM
  • Composites
  • Battery Design and Management Systems
  • Finite element analysis 
  •  Electrical
  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Robotics
  • Computer engineering
  • Programming
  • Manufacturing
  • 3D printing