Lab Reports: Cool Robot
Alex Streeter ’03, Th’05 and adjunct associate professor Jim Lever spent two weeks in Greenland during the summer to test Thayer School’s solar-powered “Cool Robot” against the cold realities of extreme climates. Designed to be a mobile platform for conducting scientific experiments in the Arctic and Antarctic, the 165-pound robot performed well. “We demonstrated that the robot can navigate long distances autonomously following a GPS course; drive over rugged terrain and soft snow in excess of what we can expect in Antarctica; operate on solar power so long as the sun lasts; match the power from the different solar panels to the instantaneous demand; and tow more than twice its own weight,” Streeter reported in an online log. The robot has been in development for two years under the leadership of Lever and associate professor Laura Ray.
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