Last week IRGers held a Dev Week in Marscape, their 40m by 80m outdoor rover test facility. Recently KRex had been living in a small indoor space while its motor controllers were being worked on, so the Dev Week was a chance to get the robot into a natural environment for some real-world testing.
Because K-REX is a research robot, there are always new pieces to debug. During the week, everybody developing software or hardware for KRex took turns testing and taking data on K-REX.
Some of the tasks for the week included: testing the emergency stop on steep slopes, updating the stereo module from custom code to the OpenCV implementation, evaluating terrain maps, and improving the display shown to the ground operators.
Along the way, there were also avionics problems, networking issues, and a flat tire.
Overall, it was an incredibly intense, productive, and successful week!