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June 10, 2011 - by Lunar baby
Hi, My name is Mia. I am the daughter of Markus and the reason why my father could not take care on his robot and rocket stuff the whole week. I was born on 7th of June 2011 at 11:15AM in Shanghai, my birth weight is 2970g and I am 50cm tall. At the night of my birth day I saw the half moon from the window of my room in the hospital. Maybe we see each other one day. Zàijiàn! Mia
June 2, 2011 - by Final rover design - part 14
Started to program basic movements and teach the robot to overcome taller obstacles than itself by using its robot arm. I'll have a break as my daughter will be born the next days. I'll come back with the TEAM SELENE'S LUNAR BABIES CLUB. M. Bindhammer, Team Selene
Open source robot MAAHR, a project Markus from team Selene is sponsoring with 15000USD is featured on makemagazine (The Latest in Hobby Robotics 08):
May 30, 2011 - by Final rover design - part 13
Just started to use Algodoo, a physics-based 2D sandbox, as a simple rover simulator. It is easy to learn and is really fun to play with it.
May 28, 2011 - by Final rover design - part 12
RoverX is powered by two Li-Po batteries (one for the drive motors, one for the arm). During discharge of Li-Po batteries on load, the load has to be removed as soon as the voltage drops below 3.0 V per cell to avoid the batteries getting damaged. The battery voltage is devided by according calculated voltage dividers and then fed into analogue inputs of a PIC 12F683. For now just a buzzer sounds if the critical voltage is reached, later the system will go into the sleep mode and the batteries will be recharged by solar cells.
May 26, 2011 - by Final rover design - part 11
RoverX's main brain prototype board version 1: The motor driver and arm controller having external PCBs.
May 24, 2011 - by Final rover design - part 10
RoverX with assambled robot arm:
- Rick Maschek has performed a pH and sieve analysis of the second sample of KNO3 from WenCheng Chemicals that Flint Hapirat had ordered and had sent to Rick. This sample was milled more finely by the company to attempt to meet our requirements. Both the pH (6.5) and the particle distribution were found to be well within the acceptance range. Wencheng potassium nitrate:
Rover prototype with assambled motors and wheel legs: The former pan/tilt unit will be replaced by this one: First movements over obstacles:
May 22, 2011 - by Final rover design - part 8
Proportional remote control experiment with 2 micro controller, 430 MHz TX/RX and modified servo as rotary motion encoder.


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