Iris Lunar Rover: Impact Test Rig

Iris is the first ever student-built lunar rover: contracted to land on the moon in early 2022. I designed and built a landing impact test rig, which used electromagnets to simulate the impact velocity that our rover will experience when released from the lander on the moon. I independently conceptualized the entire rig, modeled it on Solidworks, ordered the parts, machined the 80/20s down to  size, and assembled the rig using T-Slot hardware. With my team, I wrote the testing procedure, conducted the drop test, and documented results.

Preparing to load Iris onto the rig for testing
Testing wheel performance when dropped on rock
Structural portion of rig complete
Closeup of electromags
Solidworks plan for building rig
Diagram of drop configuration
Solidworks electromag closeup
Post-drop wheel inspection
Posing with the rig
Preparing to load Iris onto the rig for testing
Attaching electromags
Posing with the structural rig
Preparing to load Iris onto the rig for testing