A Race to Build the Smartest Rover

A Race to Build the Smartest Rover

In the spring of 2017, the UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering, as well as our schoolwide e-newsletter This Week@UC San Diego, highlighted our team's URC efforts.

The exploration of Martian soils began nearly two decades ago with the successful landing of an automobile-sized, one-ton robot on Mars. Now, students at UC San Diego are working to develop the next generation of Mars rovers.

UC San Diego students finalists for Mars rover challenge

UC San Diego students finalists for Mars rover challenge

On May 24, Yonder Dynamics was featured on ABC 10news of San Diego. Thank you Amanda Brandeis for writing this piece about us!

A team of UC San Diego students is putting the final touches on their Mars rover. They go by Yonder Dynamics and are finalists in the 2017 University Rover Challenge (URC), an international robotics competition for college students put on by The Mars Society.
 

A True Recount of Courage's First Days

A True Recount of Courage's First Days

Science Lead Allison Kubo documents our trials and triumphs in Utah during our first URC.

We tried, we failed, we learned a lot, we befriended other teams, and we will try again.

What’s Instrumental? Shedding Light on the Raman Spectrometer

The Instruments sub-team, affectionately dubbed “Team Astrogen” because of its almost all-women team, has been working on a number of projects. The Science Cache task of the University Rover Challenge requires teams to collect samples at designated sites and evaluate the soil’s qualities in order to determine if microbial life can be supported...

Spotlight on Software/Sensing–Object Recognition

If you're familiar with us, Yonder Dynamics, you may have heard us frequently mention that we aim to create the first fully autonomous rover for the University Rover Challenge (URC), an annual robotics competition for college students. What you might not be familiar with is how we plan to accomplish so lofty a goal.

The answer: our Software/Sensing Team, one of our major secret weapons...