Octanis 1 Mission Overview

Octanis 1 is the Octanis Rover's first mission to Antarctica. The mission's aim is to prove the concept of a 3d printed rover, open source rover in a harsh environment. The mission includes executing several test drive scenarios, collecting LIDAR scans of the ground, testing rover communications and training of a rover operator.

Mission Data

  • Mission Type: Deployment of Rover (no balloon)
  • Communications: Telemetry: Iridium to ground control + LoRa to field station
  • Handover of hardware for shipment: 19.09.2016 / GRENOBLE, France
  • Start of Mission: ??.11.2016 / Cape Prud'homme, Antarctica
  • End of Mission: ??.02.2017 (?) / Cape Prud'homme, Antarctica
  • First Deployment of Rover: ??.11.2016 / Cape Prud'homme, Antarctica
  • Team:
    • Rover Operators:
      • Laurent
    • Ground Control
      • Octanis Association, Switzerland

100m^2 area shall be plotted in Mission Planner and sent to the rover, who will attempt to cover the whole area. This test will take 1-2h preparation time and 1-2h driving time.

Rover operator will follow Octanis Rover / Balloon: Mission Operations Manual.

A digital elevation model (DEM) is a digital model or 3D representation of a terrain's surface — the profile of the snow in the case of this mission — created from terrain elevation data. This model is created as described in the Operations Manual.

  • Motor control: affirm that a rectangle can be driven
  • Power
    • Production & Consumption (incl. per-device usage: comms, SBC, LIDAR, stereoscopy, driving)
    • Battery: temperature, voltage, in/out current logging
  • Communications: affirm that heartbeat sent to field and ground basestation
  • Obstacle avoidance: stereoscopy performance analysis in low contrast environment
  • Basestation
    • Field: rover operator affirms that QGC / APMPlanner is functional to send waypoints and view live telemetry
    • Ground: ground control affirms that live telemetry is being received and is able to send new waypoints to rover