The 2019 FIRST Robotics Competition kickoff marks the beginning of the design and build season for the FIRST Robotics Competition. Teams have the opportunity to meet at "local" Kickoffs to compare notes, get ideas, make friends, find mentoring teams, learn the game, pick up the Kit of Parts, and get geared up for the exciting competition season. The 2019 Kickoff took place on Saturday January 5th, 2019.
This year NASA and FIRST are excited to announce "VR" opportunities for teams to view the field in a new way! NASA has put together three options:
The highly anticipated moment that all FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams that submitted an application for a NASA FRC grant, has finally arrived! NASA's award selection is listed in the following link. If your FRC team submitted an application for a NASA FRC registration grant, please review the awards list to verify your award status. For those teams that were awarded a registration grant please ensure you complete the requirements for the grant.
Experts at NASA will be doing online talks about the various challenges with Deep Space Travel! Each Tuesday will have a new topic and the ability to ask questions to the expert via Twitter with the #NASADEEP hashtag and through the video players chat window.
Want to build your own six wheeled rover like the ones on Mars? NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory created the "Open Source Rover Project"
which provides the plans for anyone to build a rover. This rover is quite capable thanks to the rocker-bogie design with differential pivot and six wheeled Ackerman steering!
During Sol 2138-2140 The Mars Curisosity successfully drilled a hole within the Pettegrove Point Member on the Vera Rubin Ridge. For now the team will focus on obersvations of the material to determine if it can be sent to the analytical instruments for further investigation.
Since June 10, 2018 NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has been silent. The solar powered rover has been unable to receive enough energy due to a planet wide dust storm. Scientists think that the dust storm has already peaked and there is hope that the rover may be able to receive enough sunlight to power back up soon.
Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are now trying to recover the rover.
One of the thickest dust storms ever observed on Mars has been spreading for the past week and a half. The storm has caused NASA's Opportunity rover to suspend science operations, but also offers a window for four other spacecraft to learn from the swirling dust.
NASA has three orbiters circling the Red Planet, each equipped with special cameras and other atmospheric instruments. Additionally, NASA's Curiosity rover has begun to see an increase in dust at its location in Gale Crater.
The thin atmosphere makes these storms vastly different from anything encountered on Earth: Despite the drama of "The Martian," the most powerful surface winds encountered on Mars would not topple a spacecraft, although they can sand-blast dust particles into the atmosphere.