Mars Rover Event
Design a rocket and Mars rover to launch to at least 1000 feet and deploy the Mars rover. The Mars rover must be fully contained in the rocket before being deployed. Once deployed, the Mars rover must return to the ground safely. Once landed, the rover shall autonomously disconnect or remove itself from any recovery device and travel 3 feet from the recovery device which will be used as a marker indicating the starting position. At the three foot mark, the rover shall stop and wait for a command.
The rover shall include a camera for taking still images and a manipulator to pick up an object. The manipulator needs to only be able to grasp an object and lift it off the ground so the rover can move without dragging the object. The object shall be placed on the ground no more than 3 feet from the rover after the rover completes its initial maneuvers after landing. The object will be a light-weight 3D printed cube with the dimensions of 3 inches on each side.
The team will designate a rover operator. The rover operator shall command the rover wirelessly with voice commands. The minimum commands required are to make the rover travel forward and reverse a specified distance. The distance measurement can be in any units including the number of rotations. The rover must be commanded to turn left or right and include commands to operate the camera and the manipulator. Speech recognition modules may be used as can laptops, tablets and cell phones. The judge will dictate what tasks are to be completed. The judge will ask for still images to be taken and ask for the object to be picked up and brought to the operator. Once operations commence, the operator cannot move from their position until all tasks are completed. Tasks include taking three still images and collecting the object and placing it at the foot of the operator.
Deployable Sensor Payload Event
Design a payload and rocket to launch to at least 800 feet and no more than 1300 feet and have the payload deploy from the rocket. They payload shall descend under helicopter recovery control and collect atmospheric data - air pressure, humidity and temperature. The position of the payload shall be tracked with GPS. A video camera shall be included that will take video of the ground and be spin stabilized so the video does not show a spinning landscape.
Target Altitude Event
Design and build a cone shaped vehicle to fly on any commercial certified F level rocket motor to as close to 350 feet as possible. The vehicle must be in the shape of a cone. The vehicle must have a height to diameter ratio of 1:1 or less. The height of the body cannot be more than the diameter not including any fins. Launch rods can be used due to the expected unique shape of the vehicle. The launch rod diameter shall be ¼ inch. For the recovery phase of the flight, the vehicle must use its drag to descend at a safe speed that does not damage the vehicle. Tumbling is not permitted. Parachutes and streamers are not permitted. The vehicle must carry a commercial altimeter. The vehicle must safely recover and be in condition to be flown again. The team must perform two successful flights meeting all the requirements out of three attempts. Two attempts must meet the requirements or be disqualified. The team with the closest altitude to 350 feet wins.