Authors: Connor Kneebone, Matthew Williams, Jack Williams, Alexander Cavalli, Aaron Maggs, Ryan Ewyk, Riley Cockerill, Michael Cavalli, Charlotte Drury, Graham Stock, Ryan Millard-Cartwright
Published: 17th of March, 2019
The Semi-Autonomous Rescue Team (herein known as the S.A.R.T.) is a group of STEM enthusiasts formed in late 2015 with the intent of developing and creating a robot capable of competing in the 2016 Rapidly Manufactured Rescue League (RMRL) at RoboCup in Leipzig, Germany.
The project started with the basic robot design specification provided by Curtin University in Western Australia. This was provided as a starting point onto which the teams could innovate and redesign into more advanced and capable robots. The original S.A.R.T. robot consisted of the basic chassis design from Curtin University, known as the “Emu Mini 2” paired with a Raspberry Pi B+ and Dynamixel AX-12A servo motors. Over the first eighteen months, the original team brought the robot from its initial design to a fully custom-designed, 3D-printed chassis with an Intel NUC as the main control board instead of the Raspberry Pi. In addition to this, the robot featured an oCam 5MP camera for streaming a high-quality video stream to the control panel over enterprise grade Wi-Fi and an Arduino Nano which collected data from a number of sensors in the robot.
Following the graduation of the first team of students, the new S.A.R.T. was formed in late 2017. Tasked with building a robot that improved upon the previous iteration, they redesigned much of the robot from scratch and made a number of major improvements for the competition in Montréal, Canada in mid-2018. This included a new main control board, the UDOO x86 Ultra, new custom moulded polyurethane wheels, a completely redesigned compact chassis, and a multitude of new sensors including laser distance sensors, a gas sensor, and a thermal camera. With the graduation of the second S.A.R.T., the robot was again passed on to a new team. This time, the team consists of students from across Years 10 and 11. With the new team comes a huge range of opportunities for innovation and improvement for the robot.
Overall the S.A.R.T. have experienced great success in competition, having received awards and recognition for a number of achievements and advances, including:
- Tied 1st Place – Rapidly Manufactured Rescue League, RoboCup 2016, Leipzig, Germany
- 1st Place – Rapidly Manufactured Rescue League, RoboCup 2017, Nagoya, Japan
- Open Source Award – Rapidly Manufactured Rescue League, RoboCup 2017, Nagoya, Japan
- Open Source and Innovation Award – Rapidly Manufactured Rescue League, RoboCup 2018, Montréal, Canada.