Our rover is designed as a vehicle platform where clients can purchase/hire bespoke versions based on their requirements.
Most of the customisations will be done by (but not limited to) outfitting the t-slot rails with requested addons, such as additional cameras, sensors or robotics arms.
Additional alterations could also include changing out the drive system depending on the environment such as using continuous tracks or some water-based drive system.
The prototype currently being worked on is designed to be a showcase of the capabilities and use-cases of such vehicle and includes the ground-up development of the electronic systems, machine vision, guidance and navigation systems and much more.
Potential uses of Rover includes:
- Disaster relief
- Autonomous traversing of terrain as rubble and flooded areas
- Equipment to locate life, transport supplies and provide communications
- Working in hazardous environments
- E.g. places containing toxic gases, high-pressure/explosive equipment or chemical/nuclear contaminants
- Use of autonomous & semi-autonomous equipment/tools installed on the vehicle
- Interplanetary Exploration
- Autonomous & semi-autonomous exploration of interplanetary bodies including use of installed tools and equipment.
Omicron is my medium-to-high-power rocketry program consisting of 2 primary goals. The is to get my L1 & L2 high-powered rocketry certification, and the second is to develop one of the most advanced MP/HP rocket which includes thrust vectoring for active stabilisation and an autonomous guided recovery system amongst other features.,
OFTV-1 (Omicron Flight Test Vehicle 1) is a single stage rocket at approximately Ø56mm * 2m airframe. FTV-1 is a barebones version without any active stabilisation (hence the fins), or autonomous recovery, but will have a custom flight computer to test in-flight communications, data-logging and parachute deployment.
The goals of OFTV-1 are:
– Provide experience in building and flying rockets safely
– Test the basic flight computer components & programming for future versions.
– Get my L1 certification
OFTV-2 will be very similar to OFTV-1 but will upgrade the flight computer and recovery system to allow development of the autonomous recovery system with a steerable para-wing.
OFTV-3 is a planned size-increase to the airframe to ~98mm to be able to accept more powerful rocket motors and/or fit the thrust vectoring system. The new airframe is likely to be made in-house out of carbon fibre or fibreglass to increase durability whilst possibly reducing weight.
The main goals of OFTV-3 are:
– Gain experience with composite/fibre glass construction
– Gain L2 certification
– Increase the robustness of the flight computer and test it in long duration & high altitude flights
OFTV-4 replaces the fins with a thrust vectoring system to actively guide the rocket and also allows for inflight manoeuvres like downrange pitching which is important in more powerful, higher altitude flights to make sure the vehicle, people and property are safe in the event of an anomaly.