After replacing the Motor Electronics Coolant System temperature sensor on Prospect 12 and rebooting the ECU, the car now runs again. Over the past few weeks, P12 had been displaying signs of engine problems, so yesterday we removed the engine valve cover and discovered that the engine’s second cylinder seems to be damaged. To prevent the broken parts from falling into the cylinder and causing further damage, we plan to try and remove the damaged valve next weekend.
P12 can still and run for an extended period of time, so we can resume working on hardware and electronics projects necessary for the automation of the car. This includes many of our projects from the Fall that have been put on hold-signal IO and actuator taps, computer setup, sensor connections, and shifter design. If anything peaks your interest, stop by the garage! Hardware meetings are typically 3-5:30 on Saturdays.
P12 has been hanging in there, but it is aging and showing signs of wear. Consequently, PAVE is currently looking into donation options for getting a newer car. To make a contribution of offer suggestions, contact PAVE president Joseph Bolling at email@example.com.
Last Friday, February 14th, Hank Flynn of My9NJ Chasing New Jersey stopped by the transportation studio at Sherrerd as well as the garage to take a look at what we have been up to for a news story featuring PAVE.
This semester, PAVE is planning to ramp things up! Photos of the current state of P12 and the garage, and hybrid battery replacement have been uploaded to the image gallery. If you’re interested in working on P12, don’t hesitate to contact us by emailing Joseph Bolling at firstname.lastname@example.org. P12 seem like too big of a commitment? No problem! We’re hoping to hold some general members events this semester, so be sure to check back for updates!
Come to the PAVE Open House this Wednesday (September 18th) from 5-7:00pm in the Sherrerd Hall basement! Learn about PAVE’s past endeavors, check out Prospect 12 and Phobetor, and see what we have planned for this semester. There will be cool people, cool robots, and pizza!
If you can’t make the open house but are still interested in getting involved this semester, contact PAVE President Joseph Bolling (email@example.com).
Come to the Sherrerd Hall basement this Friday from 11am-noon for PAVE’s alumni reception- current and past members are all invited, as well as anyone else who’s interested. We’ll be talking about our past projects and ways to make PAVE better in the future. Light refreshments will be provided. See you there!
Things are moving quickly this semester! Some updates on our work-
P12 has been meeting regularly on Saturdays-12:00 to 1:45pm in the Sherrerd Hall Basement for software, 2:00 to 3:30pm at the PAVE garage for hardware work. We’ve been working on re-establishing communication with our steering column sensor and on setting up a new network for the computing hardware in the back of the car. If you’re interested in joining up, send an email to PAVE president Joseph Bolling at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PAVE’s submission to the 2013 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition is just finishing up a major software port onto the ROS framework. Over the coming weeks we’ll be writing and testing new code for the robot, replacing its motherboard and batteries, and writing up the documentation for the competition this June. The Phobetor team meets Wednesdays from 7:30-10:30pm in the Sherrerd basement. Email email@example.com for more information.
PAVE will be holding an interest/planning meeting for the 2013 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition tomorrow (Wednesday, February 27), at 7:30pm in the Sherrerd Hall basement to go over plans for the semester. We’ll be submitting a revamped Phobetor to the competition in early June, so between now and then code needs to be ported and improved, and the robot needs to be mechanically revived. It should be an exciting project, and we invite any interested students on campus to come to our meeting tomorrow and find out more!
PAVE is pleased to announce the successful migration of our website to it’s new home on Princeton’s cPanel environment, after an extended leave of absence. We’re still working out some of the kinks in the new system, so please forgive any broken urls or unloaded images. In the meantime, check here for upcoming PAVE meetings and events!
The PAVE crew had quite an exciting adventure at this year’s Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition. After many, many long hours of driving, non-stop software writing and days of hard work, the team has returned safety to Princeton, NJ with lots of good memories, a prestigious award and a strong desire to finally get some rest! Read more about our trip after the break.
We’ve been so busy with build sessions and meticulous planning for our projects that we’ve hardly got time to update our website. Here’s a roundup of what we’ve been doing recently:
Test fitting Prospect Twelve’s new roof rack. Photo by Derrick Yu
Prospect Twelve‘s hardware team have finished cutting and assembling 80/20 extruded aluminum pieces for the vehicle’s new roof rack. The redesign allows for much more efficient assembly and more flexible sensor mounting options.
The 2010 IGVC team has officially named PAVE‘s entry in the 2010 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition. Phobetor continues the tradition of naming our IGVC ‘bots after Greek deities. The team has also been working hard to machine parts for the vehicle’s drivetrain.
More pictures and details after the break Continue reading
Two weekends ago, several PAVE members traveled to the New Jersey FIRST Regional Competition to support FIRST team 1923 (the Midnight Inventors), which we’ve been mentoring since the middle of the FIRST build season. The team was able to advance to the semifinals. Congratulations to 1923 for a great performance at NJ, and we wish you good luck at the upcoming Boston Regional. You can follow Team 1923 on Twitter: @FRC1923.
Despite the terrible weather last weekend, we were able to bring Prospect Twelve to the 10th anniversary NYC FIRST Regional Competition at the Javits Center. Thanks to everyone who stopped by our exhibit! Photos and more after the break.