New Opportunity
Our flagship engineering project.
DESCRIPTION
New Opportunity is the flagship engineering project of NUS SEDS. The aim is to design and build a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) that can accomplish a variety of tasks with some autonomous capabilities. Other than for space exploration rover technology also has a use case in warehouse management, disaster search and rescue and explosive ordnance disposal.

The Rover Team plans to participate in the University Rover Challenge (URC) from November 2019 (registration) to May 2020 (competition). This is an annual competition held by The Mars Society at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, USA, where teams and their rovers are tasked with the completion of 4 mission requirements:

  • A Science Mission to investigate a site for the presence of current or past life.
  • A Delivery Mission to deliver a variety of objects to mock astronauts in the field across rugged terrain.
  • An Equipment Servicing Mission to perform dextrous operations on a mock lander using a robotic arm.
  • An Autonomous Traversal Mission to autonomously travel to a site and locate a marker.
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ACCOMPLISHMENTS
To date, the team has built a fully functioning prototype, New Spirit, to gain experience in rover construction. It took a small, dedicated workforce just 2 months and S$500 to complete, and incorporates many industry-standard features for planetary exploration vehicles. The rover features a rocker-bogie suspension akin to that on the Curiosity rover, as well as independently powered wheels employing Ackermann-steering. It also incorporates many exciting independently-designed features such as a mast camera, Bluetooth-controlled robot arm, and Wi-Fi-enabled remote-control through a custom-made app.
FUTURE PLANS
The team has shortlisted over 30 highly talented individuals to work on the challenge rover for URC, called New Opportunity. Development of the vehicle is in full swing with strong collaboration between the subsystem teams. At this point, most subsystems have passed the evaluation stage, and designs are being finalized. The actual construction, testing, and implementation of the rover is contingent on further funding.

Team members come from a diverse set of majors and years of study with a common passion for space exploration. The team promotes a culture of collaborative learning through various sessions and workshops. For instance, the team conducted a boot camp covering Robot Operating System, CAD modelling, fabricating techniques and the use of micro-controllers in electrical systems, all key elements in designing and building New Spirit and future rovers. This was done to bring new team members up to speed with regard to their technical skills, as well as to ensure project continuity.
TEAM LEADS
RACHIKET ARYA
Project Manager
HARSH GOEL
Project Team Lead
ASYRAF ABBAS
Mechanical Team Lead
JETHRO KUAN
Software Team Lead
CHIN WEI
Science Team Lead
GOLLAPUDI VENKATA SAMBHAVI DEEPTHI
Electrical Team Lead
ADVISORS
PROF. LOH AI POH
Advisor
PROF. MARCELO ANG
Advisor
MR. LIM HONG WEE
Technical Advisor
DR. RAJESH PANICKER
Technical Advisor
CONTACT
For any enquiries, please contact Rachiket Arya @ +65 9611 9842 or rachiket@nusseds.space
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