CU Denver students' NASA rover

A team of CU Denver seniors studying mechanical engineering at the College of Engineering and Applied Science are back in town and are feeling victorious after finishing second at the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge in Huntsville, Ala.

Learn more and watch the Team Odyssey rover in action in this 9News story by photojournalist Chris Hansen.

The competition, hosted by Marshall and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, challenges high school and college teams to design, build and test human-powered roving vehicles inspired by the Apollo lunar missions and future exploration missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. This follows CU Denver’s team winning Rookie of the Year and Neil Armstrong Best Design awards at last year’s NASA rover competition.

Also, read the NASA news release.

CU Denver NASA rover team
Members of CU Denver’s NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge team.

Team Odyssey’s rover was one of 10 that finished the difficult course out of 70 teams competing in the college event.

The CU Denver team’s design also took home the Featherweight Award for weight minimization. A three-wheel design helped the team make a lighter vehicle. With ergonomic features it fits riders of different sizes.

Team Odyssey is made up of mechanical engineering undergraduates enrolled in the senior capstone design course taught by Joseph Cullen and Douglas Gallagher.

Learn more about the 14-member team on its website.

Joshua Brill

Jeffrey Deutsch

Jessie Gibbons

CU Denver-produced rover
The human-powered rover built by the CU Denver engineering team.

Will Glass

Luke Makowski

Ryan McCort

Kayla McDermott

Kyle Osborne

Robert Sallee

Khyrsten Tatum

Tony Tieu

Alex Wamain

Nathan Webster

Tyler Wilson

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