The OSU Robotics Club Rover Team was formed in 2008, when they took first place when they competed in the 2008 University Rover Challenge. The University Rover Challenge is a competition organized by the Mars Society and held annualy at their base in Hanksville, UT.
Teams build remote-controlled rovers which are required to complete several different tasks, including a construction task which involves manipulating objects on a control panel, and a science task where teams find and document the existance of extremophiles.
For more information, see the Mars Rover main page.
The OSU Robotics Club Aerial Team was formed last year with a goal of competing in the 2009 International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC). The IARC is an annual collegiate autonomous aerial robotics competition. The competition attempts to further the state of the art in aerial robotics by posing challenges that are not yet possible using current technology.
The 2009 competition was held at the University of Puerto Rico in July. Teams were challenged to build a robot capable of entering and navigating through a nuclear reactor building, locating a control panel, and sending a video stream back to a base station in order to provide reactor operators with information about a malfunctioning reactor core. These tasks had to be completed autonomously in under 15 minutes with a platform weighing under 1.5kg.
Visit the Aerial Project's website for more information.