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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2018 can be found here.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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Project:  Axel Rover Development
Disciplines:  Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering
Mentor:  Travis Brown, (JPL), Travis.L.Brown@jpl.nasa.gov
Background:  Some of the most appealing science targets for future exploration missions in our solar system lie in terrains that are inaccessible to state-of-the-art rovers. JPL is developing next generation robotics platforms to explore terrains such as crater walls, lunar cold traps, caves, vents, canyons and gullies, where evidence of liquid water or water ice deposits have been observed from orbit. One such system is the Axel rover which use tethered mobility to rappel into and retract from extreme terrains for in-situ measurement and sample collection. JPL is testing and developing prototypes systems for tether management in these rovers
Description:  This project focuses on development and testing of electrical and computer systems on the Axel Rover. This includes electrical circuit design, integration, testing, and programming. Much of this work will be in support of upcoming field tests of the newly developed tether management system. It may also include development of power system components.
References:  Nesnas, I. A.D., Matthews, J. B., Abad-Manterola, P., Burdick, J. W., Edlund, J. A., Morrison, J. C., Peters, R. D., Tanner, M. M., Miyake, R. N., Solish, B. S. and Anderson, R. C. , "Axel and DuAxel rovers for the sustainable exploration of extreme terrains," J. Field Robotics, 29: 663685, 2012 Abad-Manterola, P., Burdick, J., Nesnas, I., Edlund, J., Wu, A., Cecava, J., Oliver, T., "Axel: A Minimalist Tethered Rover for Exploration of Extreme Planetary Terrains," IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, Special Issue on Space Robotics, 2009 Nesnas, I., Abad-Manterola, P., Edlund, J., Burdick, J., "Axel Mobility Platform for Steep Terrain Excursions and Sampling on Planetary Surfaces," IEEE Aerospace Conference, 2008
Student Requirements:  Coursework in circuit design, PCB layout, and embedded systems. Fluency with Altium desired. Familiarity with motors, power converters, and other robotics-related systems.
Location / Safety:  Project building and/or room locations: . Student will need special safety training: Yes.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    both Caltech and non-Caltech students 

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