To the Stars...
To the Stars...
At Yonder Dynamics, we believe in the thrill of discovery.
From an autonomous rover to an amorphous hand, our team of young innovative minds will take us anywhere they can dream up.
In the world of today, we have self-driving cars on the streets and robotic emissaries on Mars. Who knows what tomorrow will bring?
To the stars,
- Founders Alex Smith & Kirk Hutchison
Here at Yonder, each of our members is placed into one of six teams. Five of these are subteams for our URC project; another, Yonder Edge (formerly Research and Development) works on projects that are unrelated to our Mars rover. Each team has its leader who manages projects and meetings, but we believe that all of our members should be able to fully participate by bringing their ideas to the table. For a more detailed look into our URC teams, click on the "Learn More" under each team below.
When it comes to making things move, our Motions team excels. Currently headed by Kyle Gillespie, the team is working on the design and construction of our rover for the upcoming year. This team is further divided into more subdivisions: Chassis, Drive System, Arm, Composites, and Motion Research.
The Science team analyzes soil samples using various instruments and experiments of their design. In our previous year, we developed a Raman spectrometer and designed a soil extraction drill for the arm of the rover.
Advised by Chris Liu, the Power Systems and EC team constructs and develops the heart of the rover's functionality. Last year, they developed DC motor control for the module and worked to establish long distance communication, arm functionality, and power systems on the rover.
Breathing life into metal, the Software and Sensing team is responsible for the rover’s situational awareness, decision-making, and interaction with the environment. They code obstacle avoidance, navigation, stereoscopic depth mapping, visual odometry, object identification, anomaly detection, and more. Literally the eyes of all our projects.
With so many teams and parts to our organization, we need a few individuals to make sure they all come together. The Business team manages sponsorships, finances, and public relations to keep Yonder Dynamics on its course.