This year, the AggieSat Laboratory (AGSL) is hosting an internal competition, lovingly named the Student Competition for Autonomous Measurement of Planetary Surfaces (SCAMPS). SCAMPS offers participants the opportunity to develop their systems engineering skills through the design, analysis, build, test, and operation of small autonomous systems and associated ground stations. Each team in the competition will submit one system to compete in the Showdown in November. The systems will be deployed simultaneously into an outdoor environment in the Brazos Valley. Each system must autonomously, without human input or interference, navigate to a nearby transmitting beacon, avoiding obstacles and impassible terrain in the process. Upon reaching the beacon, the system must come to a stop and determine the average air temperature and average wind speed over five (5) minutes. Finally, the system must transmit the temperature and speed data back to its team at the deployment location.
Two teams are participating in SCAMPS this year. Meet the students competing in the project on the GeoRGE team page and the AR1 team page.
This project is currently ongoing.