About Project AVOID

Project AVOID (Attenuating Vehicular Obstacle Interference Design) was our entry into the NASA Exploring Hell challenge. This challenge asked contestants to design hazard avoidance sensors for a clockwork Venus rover. Our entry was a compilation of three sensors, that when used in concert with each other, created a simple and effective avoidance system for a Venus rover.  We utilized separate sensors to detect each hazard, providing redundancy and modularity that a single, all in one sensor system could not. The AVOID sensors used only gravity and the mechanical force produced by a rotating pole to operate.  This increased the systems durability by not requiring the use of any electrical components.  Prototypes of the AVOID sensors were built and tested to confirm that the system was both feasible to build and would operate as expected in a real world environment.