PLANETARY ROBOTICS

HELELANI PLANETARY ROVER 

We own and operate an ODG Alpha Argo Rover as a student learning tool and mobile testing platform for software and hardware systems. Named “Helelani” (Heavenly Travels), this 700-pound rover is outfitted with a suite of instruments and camera systems that can be controlled remotely via handheld radio controller or through an internet connection from anywhere in the world. Helelani’s hardware and software systems are continually developed and refined by our student interns.

SPECS

  • Manufacturer: Ontario Drive and Gear (ODG)
  • Model: Alpha Argo Rover
  • Mass: 726 lbs (without avionics and additional equipment)
  • Power System: 48V main system provided by two 24V battery systems
  • Additional Power Systems
  • Electronics: 12V
  • Payload: 12V

CONTROL CAPABILITIES

  • Hand-held radio controller
  • Remote operations over the internet

    SENSORS

    • Voltage (for power systems)
    • Temperature (for motor surface, avionics enclosure)
    • GPS
    • IMU (accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, barometer)
    • Motor RPM

    IMAGING SYSTEMS

    • Pan/Tilt Situational Awareness Camera
    • Frontview Haz Camera
    • Rearview Haz Camera
    • Stereoscopic Imaging System
    • LiDAR