Work is continuing on our lunar rover for this year’s UKSEDS competition. Following the feedback on our Preliminary Design Review (PDR), we are now finalising our design and preparing to submit the Critical Design Review (CDR) in three weeks’ time.
The CDR is the document where we present our (hopefully) final iteration of the rover, although some minor tweaks afterwards are allowed if required. We will give detailed descriptions of each of the rover’s systems, from propulsion to control, chassis to sampler, then describe how they comply with each of the requirements we laid down in the PDR.
Our CAD model is nearing completion, with only a tweak to the wheels and screwing parts together left to do. Once that is done, we’ll generate some high quality renders, which will then be inserted into the CDR to give a good idea of what the rover will look like in action (we’ll also post them on our Twitter and Facebook pages).
It’s exciting to see the project all coming together and we’re all learning lots about the space engineering process and its challenges. We’re looking forward to the test day at RAL Space in July and finally getting to put all our hard work to good use!