jump to navigation

Kevin Sloan, Friday, 6-6-14 June 7, 2014

Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
3 comments

Kevin Sloan, Friday, 6-6-14

Mars Society University Rover Challenge

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2257-BWB-2014-06-06.mp3

If you  listen to archives & rating programs on live365.com,  email me your rating reasons to help improve the show.

Your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm)

Guest: Kevin Sloan.  Topics: 2014 Mars Society University Rover Challenge.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.   For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed Kevin Sloan back to the program to discuss the 8th year of competition for the Mars Society University Rover Challenge.  During the first segment of our 90 minute program, Kevin said that the 2014 completion was the biggest ever with 31 teams of which 23 made it to Hanksville, UT for the competition.  He noted that the competition takes place in the Utah desert near MDRS and Hanksville, Utah.  Kevin went over the rules and guidelines during this segment, the financial limits on the rover teams, the tasks the rovers had to do, especially in comparison to last year’s competition, the way the rovers have to be driven by their team driver, and what happens if a team has to physically intervene to resolve a rover problem once the rover has started its mission.  We did talk about the international makeup of the teams, including this year having a team from Bangladesh and Cairo.  Also, the same team from Poland as last year, Hyperion, won first place this year as well.  You can see the list of winners by visiting http://urc.marssociety.org/home and looking at the congratulations box on the home page.  Kevin talked about the global interest in robotics and the way the competition has grown over its 8 year history.  Doug called in asking lots of questions but he also wanted to know about the prizes and if the prizes served as the incentive to enter the contest.  In this discussion we talked about the importance of STEM & Kevin described in details the tasks the rovers had to complete and how they were scored.

In the second segment, we talked more about what happens with a breakdown and I asked if any teams complete the tasks without a breakdown. We also talked about the availability of spare parts out in the desert, then Sally asked about the team demographics and diversity.  More questions came in about repairs, then Kevin was asked about the desert terrain. He said it differs each year depending on rain and weather. This year the desert sand was very course and rough on the rovers, probably because of the large amounts of rain in the area during the year.  A question came in asking if the rovers had to be Mars compatible, what kind of wheels or tires they used, and if there was common frame or other technology among all the rovers.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  You can reach Kevin through me.ou are listening to archives & rating programs on live365.com,  email me your rating reasons to help improve the show

 

 

Kevin Sloan, Monday, 6-17-13 June 18, 2013

Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,
add a comment

Kevin Sloan, Monday, 6-17-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2030-BWB-2013-06-17.mp3

Your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm)

Guest:  Kevin Sloan.  Topics:  Mars Society University Rover Challenge 2013, rover deign, simulated Martian tests.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.
Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. For those of you interested in the opportunity to submit feedback on the NRC congressionally mandated Human Spaceflight Study, please go to www.nationalacademies.org/humanspaceflight.

We welcomed back Kevin Sloan to the program to discuss the Mars Society 2013 University Rover Challenge (URC).  For more information, visit their website, http://urc.marssociety.org.  During the first segment of our 90 minute discussion, Kevin went over the rules and the goals of this year’s 2013 URC, then he told us about the near perfect score by the Polish team, Hyperion, representing Bialystok University of Technology.  Kevin had much to say about this team, how it turned in a near perfect score, what the Hyperion rover was able to do that other rovers could not do, and the need for next year’s judges to think of more challenging goals as everyone was taken by surprise with the success of the Hyperion Team.  We spoke about the international nature of the contest with teams from Poland, India, Canada, and the U.S.  We talked about the outstanding job done by the Mars Society of Poland in making sure universities there knew about the competition and those that could participated.  Kevin fielded listener questions via email regarding entering the contest, team costs, other U.S. school participation, the international representation, and questions about Hanksville, UT which is where the competition was held.  He was also asked about coming to see the competition and IP rights regarding the rovers.  Since the competition takes place near MDRS, listeners also inquired about this Mars Society program.

In the second segment, Doug asked if the URC was to encourage robotics education & does it lead to ideas actually being used on a Mars mission? He also wanted to know that apart from the Lunar Regolith Excavation Challenge, were there any other lunar equivalent challenges & was the URC applicable to the Moon.  Kevin was also asked about contestants using JPL rovers as possible models and the use of JPL or other industry consultants.  The various teams & their countries were discussed in this segment as were some of the URC rules.  Eric asked two good questions near the end of the program including the use of 3D printing & the arbitrary definition of higher-education.  Toward the end, Kevin described the winning Hyperion team performance, especially to the 5th Gate!  Don’t miss it.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog above.  Kevin can be reached through the URC website.

Susan Holden Martin, Monday, 7-30-12 July 31, 2012

Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
add a comment

Susan Holden Martin, Monday, 7-30-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1824-BWB-2012-07-30.mp3

Guest:  Susan Holden Martin.  Topics:  Mars Society 2012 Conference, MSL & Curiosity landing, JPL.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted
without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright.  We welcomed Susan Holden Martin, the new Executive Director of The Mars Society, to the program to discuss this year’s conference, the MSL mission & landing, and more. You can follow along with us regarding the conference program at www.marssociety.org/convention2012. The conference is being held in Pasadena, CA from August 3-5 at the Pasadena Convention Center. As our program was an ongoing conference and JPL-Mars Science Lab discussion, I am summarizing our discussion without regard to segments.  Note the discussion on conference registration and hotels in the area given the conference begins in just a few days and online registration is now closed.  We summarized most of the agenda, highlighted the special programs, panels, and guests, and talked conference logistics.  Listeners asked about the Curiosity landing, putting heavy payloads on the surface of Mars, and the Sky Crane which will be used in the landing process.  Later in the program, Susan discussed the arrangements with The Planetary Society & their program at the Pasadena Convention Center, Planetfest 2012 which is going on at the same time.  We also talked about the Conference banquet, the award to Elon Musk, Falcon 9 models on Amazon (use the OGLF code if you buy one so that Amazon will donate to The Space Show, www.amazon.com/SpaceX-Falcon-Dragon-Flying-Rocket/dp/B006GX14R8/ref=onegiantlea20).  Another key part of the conference is direct feed from JPL to see the Curiosity landing Sunday evening, August 5, 10:30 PM PDT.  During the last few minutes of the
program, Susan updated us on other Mars Society programs including MDRS, the University Rover Competition, the Musk Observatory, the Mars Society in the UK, and more.

Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog. If you have conference questions or want to be in touch with Ms. Martin, you can email her at susanm@marssociety.org.

Kevin Sloan, Friday, 5-25-12 May 26, 2012

Posted by The Space Show in Uncategorized.
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,
add a comment

Kevin Sloan, Friday, 5-25-12

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/1780-BWB-2012-05-25.mp3

 

Guest:  Kevin Sloan.  Topics:  The 2012 Mars Society University Rover Challenge. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed Kevin Sloan back to the program to discuss the Sixth Annual Mars Society University Rover Challenge (URC).  Much of the information we discussed is on the URC website, http://urc.marssociety.org so do follow along with us.  In addition, while this program contains the typical Space Show three segments, our URC discussion overlapped the segments so this summary has been written without separating out the discussion by segment.  We started our program with Kevin by asking about the 2012 teams and the international makeup of the teams.  You can check out this year’s contestants and their project websites at http://urc.marssociety.org/home/team-info.  Kevin also talked about the site location which is as before, near Hanksville, Utah in the vicinity of the MDRS.  As in past years, there are no facilities for visitors or those wanting to see the competition.  We must wait for website pictures and news.  Kevin explained the probable timing for releasing information during the challenge which runs from May 31-June 2, 2012.  As with previous years, the contestants must have their rovers do four projects.  These projects are described in Section 3.b of Rules & Regulations.  When you go to this link, http://urc.marssociety.org/home/requirements-guidelines, click to download the data and then scroll down to 3.b.  Briefly, the four tasks include a site survey task, a sample return task, a remote science documentation procedure, and an astronaut assistance task.  We talked about the challenge being open to high school students, the gender makeup of the teams, potential ITAR issues for the foreign participants, and some general questions about Mars for HSF.  We also talked about the Mars Society and some of its other programming.  Listeners asked logistical and how to compete questions.  We also mentioned the NASA news release about their receiving overwhelming new ideas for Mars missions. The URL I mentioned on air is http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/24may_newconcepts.

If you have questions or comments about our discussion, please post them on The Space Show blog. If you have specific questions for Kevin about the URC, there is a contact page on the URC website for you to use.  Make sure you reference his being on The Space Show.