Syracuse University College of Engineering and Computer Science

First Year Aerospace Engineering Students Test Rover Designs

Mars Rover Testing

First year aerospace engineering students in Professor John Dannenhoffer’s ECS 101 class tested their Mars rover designs at the end of the fall semester. Teams of students designed small rovers designed to remotely retrieve “Mars rocks” (golf balls) and deploy a scientific instrument on a surface replicating the red planet.

With classmates cheering them on, teams deployed their rovers to see if their design and programming would allow them to retrieve samples and bring them back to the landing area. Points are assigned for how many “Mars rocks” a team’s rover interacts with, how many rocks they bring back to the deployment zone and if the rover is able to deploy a scientific instrument.