UBC Rover/Snowbots's path to RTK!

We are building a mock planetary rover for the CIRC 2023 (https://circ.cstag.ca/2022/ )competition in Alberta, Canada. We are a small robotics team based at the University of British Columbia. As the rookies to CIRC 2022, we won 3rd place, being the top scoring Canadian team. We are excited to see our full potential with RTK positioning using the Reach M+. RTK positioning will be most valuable to us for autonomous pathfinding.
Our team video: https://youtu.be/zTYScrHvHgI


Last year, we used GNSS equipment that was older than some of our team members. We also were using 2 receivers from different manufactures. Our efforts ended when we realized the oldest equipment did not support RTCMv3 messages, and the other antenna only supported Swift’s protocol and RTCMv3. We still managed to score some points related to GNSS, but not many. Even our SPP failed due to us using a USB C - A adapter which mismatched the baud rate of the serial connection between the on board computer and the GNSS reciever.

Hi @snowbots.ubc,

Looks like we were in contact with you via email :slightly_smiling_face: Glad to meet you on our community forum!

The rover looks cool, and I’m curious to see how it’ll become even more effective with Reach M+. If you have more photos or videos to share, they are always welcome!

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