RISD Rover 2018
RISD Rover is a club at the Rhode Island School of Design which creates a rover for the NASA Human Powered Exploration Rover Challenge which takes place at Marshall space center in Huntsville Alabama. The main goal of the competition is to create a human powered vehicle to race at a simulated Mars course against other teams for awards such as for best time and lightest rover (Final weight 99 lbs).
My responsibility's include:
-Performing and assisting with carbon fiber layups
-Creating fiberglass molds and surfacing with DuraTech
-Sanding molds to a smooth surface and filing the chassis
-Helping out the other team members when needed
The Rover before competition in Alabama
New chassis front half and A-arms being filed
Finished chassis front and rear
Carving a foam block to make a mold / coating the foam mold with resin / fiberglass female mold during seat layup.
Half scale wheel and tread mock up / Full scale fiberglass molds
Wheel layup / connecting the two halves of the wheel / removing excess material from the hubs to save weight.
New Treads being cast
Pre-race check over and folded Rover
Mid race and team photo