In this course, small student teams are provided with a sophisticated rover system. The goal of the teams is to operate the rover in a Mars analog mission scenario on a test-bed. The practical skills to program the rover are imparted in hands-on lectures. The teams must build their own manipulator to pick up ground samples or objects. Besides the practical lectures and the hands-on project, the students are taught about space rover technologies and robotic exploration of other planets.
Learning Goals and Syllabus
Upon course completion students should have acquired knowledge of the most important topics related to space robotics and planetary exploration. Course participants shall be familiar with the parts of a space rover system and understand their correlations. In addition, they will be able to plan and conduct a planetary exploration mission. Practically, students will be capable of designing a part of a rover system with regard to mechanics, electronics and programming.
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The course starts with introductory lectures about the most important topics related to space rover technologies and planetary exploration. In parallel, a practical training will be given to develop specific engineering skills in mechanics, electronics and programming that are necessary to conduct the hands-on project. During project work units, parts of a rover will be designed with supervision in smaller groups. In a mission scenario on a test-bed, the rover will be operated under real conditions.
The general prerequisites of the TU Berlin Summer University are the following: at least one year of university experience + English level B2 or equivalent.
The course requires no specific robotics-related knowledge. Experience in programming is an advantage.
Students are asked to bring their own laptops in class.
Dipl.-Ing. Cem Avsar, managing director of the Berlin-based space company beSpace, graduated in Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin in 2010. During his studies at TU Berlin, he was teaching informatics for eight semesters as tutor. Also, he participated in practical space related projects during his time of studies. With his graduation, he joined the staff of scientific researchers at the TU Berlin, Chair of Space Technology. He worked on modular satellite architectures and CubeSats.
As Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Brieß‘ teaching assistant, he was strongly involved in shaping the space technology curriculum. He also managed research projects, for instance a student-built rover. His projects enclosure the direct involvement of students in hands-on lecture courses. To date, he has lectured numerous space technology related courses, e.g. Satellite Technology, Aerospace Electronics, Aerospace System Design, Space Robotics and many more. He constantly edeavours to apply modern approaches of practical engineering teaching methods.
Dipl.-Ing. Lennart Kryza is a lecturer and scientific assistant and at Chair of Space Technology in the Technical University of Berlin. His research interest lie in the field of autonomous space robotics.
Please direct questions about the course to the TU Berlin Summer University Team at: summeruniversity(at)tubs.de . We will answer your questions and direct specific queries regarding course content to the course lecturers where necessary.