Friday, July 25, 2008

Back from China...

RoboCup in China is finally over. Things didn't go too well, we ended on a somewhat disappointing 4th place. It looked great until the final run where we managed to dropped from a already kind of secure 2nd place (with quite some hope for even more) to the worst place in the world...

So now, it is full time ESA Lunar Challenge :)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Sören and Heiko should now be convinced that the cabling for the new Lunar robots should be less of a mess than for the old robots :)
The date and place of the event are now disclosed: it is going to be 20.-27. October 2008 on Teneriffe. Cool... :)

The date is very good as it is end of October. Each day until then will be useful. We are currently a bit behind schedule because our best robot got stolen after ICRA in Pasadena and a major part of the team is currently in China at RoboCup (just look at the time stamp of this posting :) ).

The design of our two new robots for the ESA challenge is actually almost finished and we have to "only" implement them until October. But after seeing the material that ESA disclosed at the CDR (the Critical Design Review) at ESTEC, many new ideas popped up. Just have to decide what is still feasible to implement. We also want to show off quite some software features for which the two robots have to be running. Though we also already use some older ones for developments.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Welcome to our blog...

Hello everyone,

welcome to our blog. We are documenting here in a loose way our efforts for the ESA Lunar robotics challenge. Keep tuned to see what is going on in our team...

Greetings to all other lunatics