Current Projects

Our organization’s projects contribute to our two main missions, RobotX and Microtransat.

Short-term projects are expected to take less than half of a semester. Medium-term projects may take a semester or more. Long-term projects are expected to evolve over time as the mission progresses.

Sensors

Involves knowledge of circuits, communications protocols, and electronics prototyping.

  • WAM-V Perception Tests
    • Short-term / Entry Level Project / RobotX
    • Test out the sensor hardware in the lab (cameras, LIDAR, etc)
  • Hyperspectral Imaging Camera Tests
    • Short-term / Entry Level Project / RobotX
    • Test out our new hyperspectral imaging camera and document use
  • Ultrasonic Anemometer (Wind Sensor) Development
    • Medium-term / Intermediate Level Project / Microtransat
    • Lead: Aaron Wu
    • Develop an in-house wind sensor that can survive the high seas
  • Hydrophone Development
    • Medium-term / High Level Project / RobotX
    • Finish design, assemble, program hydrophone, many parts already in lab

Propulsion and Control Surfaces

Involves knowledge of physics, circuits, communications protocols, and electronics prototyping.

  • Rudder Development
    • Long-term / Entry Level Project / Microtransat
    • Develop a controllable rudder for long-range navigation, must withstand corrosive environments
  • Nova Trolling Motor Development and Integration
    • Short-term / Intermediate Level Project / RobotX
    • Lead: Sean Fish
    • Develop and integrate custom in-house trolling motor blocks with variable thrust
  • Wingsail Development
    • Long-term / Intermediate Level Project / Microtransat
    • Lead: Avi Goel
    • Develop a free-rotating rigid wingsail for long-range navigation, must withstand corrosive environments

Communications

Involves knowledge of circuits, communications protocols, and electronics prototyping.

  • OrangeRX Radio Control System (ORCS)
    • Short-term / Intermediate Level Project / All projects
    • Lead: Sean Fish
    • Develop a system which can interpret RC control signals and relay that information to other systems
  • Satellite Communications System
    • Long-term / Intermediate Level Project / Microtransat
    • Develop a system which can communicate with Iridium satellites and compress data for conserving bandwidth

Structures

Involves knowledge of tooling, composites, and CAD.

  • Scaled Robotic Test Vehicle
    • Short-term / Intermediate Level Project / All projects
    • Construct a small-scale robotic pontoon boat as a test platform for new autonomy systems
  • Scaled Transatlantic Test Vehicle
    • Medium-term / Intermediate Level Project / Microtransat
    • Lead: Nico Marsilio
    • Design and construct a scaled robotic sailboat for testing in Sweetwater Creek Lake, Lake Lanier, and the Gulf of Mexico

New Initiatives

MRG is seeking members looking to explore this domain and lead future missions. RoboSub is one project under consideration.