Unfortunately our trip to hunt for replacement motors was unsuccessful. As such our current motors are in too poor a state to continue as a participant on the LRC, and we have had to retire from the challenge 😦
The damage to our bearings prooved too great for repairs and the available torque in our motors is not great enough to compensate. Thanks to everyone for their offers of help and condolences!
We have stayed, however, to observe how the remaining teams get on in the live challenge events this evening and Saturday evening.
The teams selected for Friday night were ourselves, Oulu, Jacobs and Madrid.
Oulu had a great start, and quickly made it into the crater, however after searching the crater floor for a short while they had a fatal failure, which later turned out to be a blown fuse, which ended their run in the LRC.
Jacobs were up next, and after some interesting communication issues at the start (both their rovers performing the same movements in an odd little dance!), and several resets managed to make it into the crater floor using their flippers for additional support. They were successful in finding and approaching the sample however due to its location and sprocket issues they were unable to complete the mission as well.
Madrid were the last competitors of the night and had a great run into the crater floor, however camera and motor issues also ended their run prematurely.
Overall it was a very long, and very cold night, with the terrain and mission challenges proving to be far more taxing for all the teams than expected! We’ll have videos up next week, in the mean time here are a selection of photos!