COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- A team of Texas A&M Undergraduate Engineers developed a lunar rover that impressed scientists at NASA.
"It had its ups and downs,“ said Matthew Johnson, the system integration engineer for the project. “There were times, especially with deadlines that stress was very high. But at other times, we felt like we were making significant progress with the project. Those were really good times."
It’s a collaboration that spanned over eight thousand miles. The team consisted of 10 members, 6 here in College Station and 4 in Qatar.
"We didn't get to meet in person, so we had to make sure we had good documentation, Johnson said. “We were able to make sure to we were getting everything right the first time. “
The team communicated every Monday, early here in College Station, and late in Qatar.
"Each person has their part, “ said Ryan Sharpe, the hardware engineer for the project. “If a person misses it, it really tears everything apart the whole schedule. “
In short, NASA reached out to Texas A&M to develop a lunar rover and carry samples back home. One year later, NASA was impressed with what the team showed.
"They thoroughly enjoyed what we had showed them and presented to them, “Sharpe said. “They thought it was a very unique solution to what they had. “
The rover is on the ground here in College Station, but tomorrow it could be on the moon.
"I actually graduated right now,” Johnson said. “That was my final bit of the project. It was a great ending to my schooling."