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About Us


To the Stars...

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About Us


To the Stars...

 

At Yonder Dynamics, we believe in the thrill of discovery and the wonder of the unknown. 

We have so much left to explore, from the depths of the ocean to the dusty expanse of Mars and the desolate reaches of the asteroid belt. We have much to gain in the process  – technological and scientific advances, vast quantities of resources (with some asteroids valued upwards of $5 trillion), and most importantly the sense of inspiration and glory that comes with venturing further into the unknown.

We want to explore. We want to innovate. We want to improve.

Our mission at Yonder is to construct the means for extending human capabilities. From robotics to autonomous systems, 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

 
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Our Teams


Our Teams

Our Teams


Our Teams

 

Independent Organization

Here at Yonder we love to see the creative spirit thrive. Each member is placed into one of six teams in an area of their interest where they are allowed full creative control. Each team has its leader who manages project timelines, meetings, and coffee runs, but other than that each member has an equal say in projects and ideas. We will never silence the ideas of any member and that's what will keep us as leaders in innovation. 

 
 

Motions

When it comes to making things move, our Motions team excels. Currently headed by Kyle Gillespie, the team is working on prototyping the first chassis for the URC. They love to get their hands dirty in the mechanical components, drive systems, and karaoke on a consistent basis.

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Instruments

A multidisciplinary team set with everything analytical. Hannah Munguia currently directs her team in the development of a Raman Spectrometer, Electrical Conductivity Probe, Biosignature Wet Chemistry Laboratory unit, and a soil extraction drill all to be placed onto the rover. The team composed mainly be our female engineers has been dubbed Team Astrogen.

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Power systems and ELECTRICAL components

Lead by Chris Liu, the Power Systems and EC team construct and develop the heart of the rovers functionality. Currently they have developed DC motor control for the module and are working to finish long distance communication with the rover, arm functionality, and power systems on the rover. Alongside this the team enjoys building various electronic gizmos and pondering hypothetical questions in electrical engineering.

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Software and sensing

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 their immense knowledge of optics and coding their video calls are something out of this world. 

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Business and public relations

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 funds, grants, and everything to do with financing the teams. With Kirk Hutchison as its head, the team continuously pushes to innovate our business culture and community outreach. Alongside this the Business team enjoys making hypothetical business models and running the Kirk Fan Club.

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