Entered a NASA contest, nervous for some reason.
I don't get nervous much. Former Medic, nerves of steel. Yet I can't help but feel queasy. My buddy and I built a completely autonomous robot that will dig (hopefully):biggrin2: simulated moon dirt this weekend for NASA. I haven't been this nervous since my Private Pilot Checkride.
It's a head to head competition and whomevers machine digs the most dirt in 30 minutes without any human intervention at all wins $125,000 (as long as you also exceed the minimum). Did I mention that we are also limited to 88lbs total weight and 5 volts at 6 amps, or 30watts (sorry for the technobabble, even lower power light bulbs use twice this, or 60 watts). That proved to be quite a challenge.
It also didn't help that we waited to the last minute to start working on it in earnest. We essentially threw it together in a couple weeks. It works, but I wish we had more time (our fault) for more tweaking and testing. I also wish we had known more about the "moon dirt" that we'll be digging for the competition. Well, it's been fun and we learned a lot and picked up new skills along the way. I think we have a shot here, but if we lose it will likely be to a college engineering team with a bunch of people, tools and resources. We just had the 2 of us and some basic tools, no big shops. I just realized that I'm babbling now, sorry about that.:embarassed: