OU Planetary Robotics Student Team

Help Open University students complete exciting educational space projects

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This project received pledges on Sun 17 Mar 2019
12 months ago

Wow, we wanted to thank everyone who has supported us by donating to our campaign for our student space projects, we feel so humbled and excited by the support we’ve received. We don’t receive funding from any other source, and so your support through our Crowdfunding is providing a unique opportunity to OU students to gain this experience to supplement their studies, and promote the great brand of the OU and all the good work that is does.

The team heard from the URC competition in Utah, and although we got a good score (70.8%) we narrowly missed out on taking part in the finals of the competition in Utah. We wanted to thank everyone so much for their support, and the team for their hard work. We’re now working towards the European Rover Competition which takes place in Poland in September; same rover, same planet, slightly different challenge even though it’s the other major Mars Society rover competition. You can find out more about it here http://roverchallenge.eu/

Currently we’re full-speed ahead with our rocket project for the Spaceport America Cup, and hope to be doing a test launch at the start of April. We’ll be meeting people from RS-Components and Design Spark at the OU campus to look at and write about our projects, we’re grateful for their support for our projects, and it’s a great way to promote the OU and the things we’re doing. We'll let you know how things go, and will set about fulfilling rewards now. Thanks again, and wish us luck!

Below: Tom Buggey welcomes the arrival of the air-frame components for the rocket

1 year, 1 month ago

Wow, so we've reached the halfway mark, £3012 raised as of 22/02/19 - thank you so much to everyone who has supported us so far! Obviously, we still have some fundraising to do, so forgive us while we keep on sharing the campaign regularly, and ask for your help in sharing it as widely as possible too.

We also wanted to just add some updates about people involved in the project. Naturally you can read more about the projects at our website www.ou-planetaryrobotics.com, which outlines the basics about our two projects; the Mars rover and the rocket.

A couple of videos that may be of interest to you, or others who may be interested in supporting us are firstly from team member Olivia Freestone, primarily focusing on the rover: https://youtu.be/Fyu6GJuu6oA 

and a further video from Vincent Deguin, payload lead. We hope that flying his experiment as our payload for the rocket will give Vincent some real data for his PhD, and will help us score well in the payload competition at the Spaceport America Cup: https://youtu.be/571f0kPHwOA 

As we don't get a penny from the campaign until we hit our minimum target, please do share this with anyone else who you think may be interested. Thank you again for your support, we're so grateful for the chance to do these extraordinary projects.

 

1 year, 1 month ago

So here is the first of a few clips where PhD student Vincent Deguin will be introducing the purpose of the rocket payload for the Spaceport America Cup.

As well as a great learning experience for all the team, we hope our flight will produce some data to contribute to his work at the OU.

1 year, 2 months ago

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far, it's a good start, but if you can spread the word, share the link https://spsr.me/Qd8m then we'd be so grateful.

I wanted to give a little more information on the rocket payload, as that's something that people have been asking about.

We’ll write more comprehensive updates on this as time progress, but we just wanted to introduce to you Vincent Deguin. Vincent is an OU research student, and his PhD is investigating protoplanetary ice. To us mere mortals, this means looking at icy particles, how they would interact in space to form larger bodies, and then planets (hope I’m not explaining this really badly Vincent!)

Vincent showed me a little of his lab yesterday where he has created experiments to look at this, and a further step with his work is then to look at the interaction of the particles in zero gravity. There are various ways of doing this; obviously the best is to actually get something into space, but this is very expensive of course. To get a little bit of data, a parabolic flight will give brief moments of zero gravity, and this is what we will be contributing with our rocket flying in the Spaceport America Cup.

We also hope to be testing a new camera that is key to getting the data from the experiment. The ‘Payload Challenge’ is a competition within a competition at the Spaceport America Cup, and we hope that our entry will score well on scientific merit.

Vincent will do a proper update about this himself, but we just wanted to introduce him, and the experiment to say why it’s important that we can raise the funds to go and do this.

Thank you for your support!

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A personal update and photos from the team as they build and test the rover, rocket and payload

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'Get Your Ass To Mars' T-shirt Colour - GREY Size - SMALL Just a few of these tongue-in-cheek T-shirts, a craze started by Mars enthusiast and Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and referencing the quote from cult Mars film: Total Recall. See the T shirts here https://wordpress.com/post/ou-planetaryrobotics.com/99

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Mars Society T-shirt. The Mars Society created the Mars Desert Research Station marssociety.org Colour - LIGHT BLUE Size - MEDIUM Just a few of these tongue-in-cheek T-shirts showing a great image of the planet Mars. See the T shirts here https://wordpress.com/post/ou-planetaryrobotics.com/99

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Mars Society T-shirt. The Mars Society created the Mars Desert Research Station marssociety.org Colour - LIGHT BLUE Size - LARGE Just a few of these tongue-in-cheek T-shirts showing a great image of the planet Mars. See the T shirts here https://wordpress.com/post/ou-planetaryrobotics.com/99

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'Get Your Ass To Mars' T-shirt Colour - GREY Size - MEDIUM Just a few of these tongue-in-cheek T-shirts, a craze started by Mars enthusiast and Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and referencing the cult Mars film: Total Recall. See the T shirts here https://wordpress.com/post/ou-planetaryrobotics.com/99

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'Get Your Ass To Mars' T-shirt Colour - GREY Size - EXTRA LARGE Just a few of these tongue-in-cheek T-shirts, a craze started by Mars enthusiast and Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and referencing the cult Mars film: Total Recall. See the T shirts here https://wordpress.com/post/ou-planetaryrobotics.com/99

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'Get Your Ass To Mars' T-shirt Colour - BLUE Size - SMALL Just a few of these tongue-in-cheek T-shirts, a craze started by Mars enthusiast and Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and referencing the quote from cult Mars film: Total Recall. See the T shirts here https://wordpress.com/post/ou-planetaryrobotics.com/99

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'Get Your Ass To Mars' T-shirt Colour - BLUE Size - MEDIUM Just a few of these tongue-in-cheek T-shirts, a craze started by Mars enthusiast and Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin where he references the quote from cult Mars film: Total Recall. See the T shirts here https://wordpress.com/post/ou-planetaryrobotics.com/99

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'Get Your Ass To Mars' T-shirt Colour - BLUE Size - LARGE Just a few of these tongue-in-cheek T-shirts, a craze started by Mars enthusiast and Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and referencing cult Mars film: Total Recall. See the T shirts here https://wordpress.com/post/ou-planetaryrobotics.com/99

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'Get Your Ass To Mars' T-shirt Colour - GREY Size - LARGE Just a few of these tongue-in-cheek T-shirts, a craze started by Mars enthusiast and Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and referencing the quote from cult Mars film, Total Recall. See the T shirts here https://wordpress.com/post/ou-planetaryrobotics.com/99

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Mars Society T-shirt. The Mars Society created the Mars Desert Research Station marssociety.org Colour - RED Size - EXTRA LARGE Just a few of these tongue-in-cheek T-shirts showing a great image of the planet Mars. See the T shirts here https://wordpress.com/post/ou-planetaryrobotics.com/99

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Mars Society T-shirt. The Mars Society created the Mars Desert Research Station marssociety.org Colour - LIGHT BLUE Size - EXTRA LARGE Just a few of these tongue-in-cheek T-shirts showing a great image of the planet Mars. See the T shirts here https://wordpress.com/post/ou-planetaryrobotics.com/99

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To help celebrate OU50; 50 years of the Open University. 50 of the 3D printed particles in the experiment will be branded in the OU colour blue, and accelerated to over 7G to 600 mph as part of the payload. Sponsor an OU particle and receive updates and videos of the preparation and execution of the experiment.

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Send us a digital signature (or even just your name) and we'll have a decal printed of it and mounted onto the rocket which will fly in the competition. Each decal (i.e. your signature on the rocket) will be 2 X 10cm. Includes personalised updates on the project with images and news.

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Attend a test event with the team and the rocket. Launches are on Sundays at locations in Cambridgeshire or the Midlands. Once reward is sponsored, a list of dates will be given for you to select at date prior to June 2019.

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Meet the team at the OU campus in Milton Keynes, see the rocket and be guided through how the rocket works, and the function of the payload and the science behind the experiment (researching formation of planetary bodies) Includes a tour of OU space-instrumentation labs developing instruments for European Space Agency missions, including JUICE; exploring Jupiter's icy moons.

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