August 2019 Monthly Update

Off-World Robotics


From the OWR CTO

The last month has been an incredibly busy one for the rover team, as members finalised development and testing for the European Rover Challenge (ERC).

Bohan Deng, Off-World Robotics CTO

Eight people standing together smiling on some concrete in front of a university building.
The ERC Team before leaving for Poland (currently in Poland preparing for the competition, wish us luck!)

Rover Electrical

With the ERC deadline rapidly approaching, the electrical team has been working on modularising wiring to compliment the new module boxes. The improved wiring management has eased the diagnosis of complications, most notably in the drive and power modules while improving the aesthetic of the rover as well. Meanwhile, spare components were stocked and prepared for the trip to Poland.

In the coming month, the rest of the electrical team will be taking inventory and preparing their suggestions for post ERC review. With ambitious proposals already in the mix, the team will be looking into revamping induction training to the electrical team to meet future plans.

Jason Love, Rover Elec Chapter Lead

Rover Mechanical

Throughout last month, we have tested the rover intensively. Several components broke, and we found out a number of flaws of our designs; with that being said, the team has worked hard to fix and improve the rover. With all mechanical components upgraded, manufactured and repaired, the rover is now ready to go to Poland for ERC.

Quoc Trung (Alex) Vo, Rover Mech Chapter Lead


August was a bit of a slow month for us, with most of our progress being made on building an acrylic prototype for our chassis. Based off the prototype, we identified a few flaws and modified the design. The software team also made some progress with networking for the various components on the drone.

Lexman Palanirajan, Drone Team Lead


From the Satellite CTO

August has been the exam period for BLUESat with members absent to study and celebrate post-exams. Documentation has greatly improved, as well as putting new protocols for documentation in place. Inventory management is ready to be utilised as orders for components are ready to arrive in the coming month, beginning weeks of building and testing. Lastly, the leaders are planning schedules and activities for potential new members that are set to join in the coming on-boarding session.

Timothy Guo, Satellite CTO

Four people standing in a line pretending to walk, copying the iconic post of The Beatles in front of a brick wall.
Some iconic members of the Satellite team.


Although Groundstation has had a quiet month due to exams, we have started on a variety of work to assist the Balloon team. We are currently assessing the Arduino HamShield and the AX.25 frame structure for both Groundstation and Balloon (communications module) usage, as well as helping follow up on the Iridium module and negotiate the Balloon payload architecture. Progress has been made on the clean-up of our existing documentation, and initial preparations are underway for reopening the development of the K17 rooftop Groundstation for all varieties of satellite communication.

Victor Tse, Groundstation Squad Lead

Secretary’s Update

This month we had our end of term event, where we went bowling again, with many strikes and spares covering the scoreboard, even 3 strikes in a row to finish one of the games! BLUEsat also worked with the UNSW School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications to hold one of our dice kit workshops for the UNSW Open day, here is a video of the day:

BLUEsat at UNSW Open Day

Yesterday was UNSW's Open day where many high school students and other members of the public visited. BLUEsat paired up with UNSW School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications to run an electronic dice kit workshop, where people learned how to solder up components onto a printed circuit board (PCB); when finished, they could press a button on the board to light up a number between 1 and 6 on some LEDs. Here is a video made by Shinara Armitage of the day, including footage of the workshop and some BLUEsat members riding a segway!

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Anita Smirnov, Secretary

Author: Anita Smirnov

Anita Smirnov is a third year Mechatronic Engineering student with an interest in combining her passions for robotics and art. Before her role as Secretary and Media and Events Coordinator of the society, Anita was and still is involved in the software team of BLUEsat's Off-World Robotics Division, as well as helping manage BLUEsat's social media.

Author: Bohan Deng

Bohan Deng is a third year Aerospace Engineering student at UNSW Sydney who loves anything to do with space. Prior to taking up the Arc Delegate position, he was involved in developing the new 'NUMBAT' rover.

Author: Timothy Guo

Timothy Guo is a Telecommunications and Commerce undergraduate at UNSW Sydney. He has previously lead BLUEsat's groundstation squad, leading a team of engineers to provide communications to UNSW's satellite, the EC0. He now endeavours to lead BLUESat's satellite tribe towards even greater plans.

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