Astro 2001 competed in the 2001 UIUC Engineering Open House, Creative
Design Competition (sponsored by Advanced Micro Devices)
in March 1-4, 2001.
Type: Search/Combat Robot
Weight: 50 lbs
Body: Aluminum Frame
Power: 24 VDC (2 Motors)
Control: 900 MHz RC
Speed: 3 mph
Weapons: Battle Spikes
Other:3 joint robot arm
Competition:UIUC Engineering Open House
Results: Winner of Demolition Championship
Astro 2001 is a wedge shaped robot made from extruded aluminum and aluminum plates.
It weighs in excess of 50 lbs and has a top speed of over 3 mph. The primary weapon
are the front battle spikes. This robot was built by Aaron Trask and Mariusz
Zaczek, while students in the
Advanced Digital Systems Lab (ADSL) in the
Electrical Engineering Department of the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since Mariusz and Aaron were competing with
Solar Flare at ROBOTICA, the robot was controlled by our Mike and Shawn from ADSL
Mike and Shawn competed in the first rounds of the Creative Design Competition where the robot
was tasked with traversing a course and unscrewing lightbulbs. The front mounted robot arm was
built for this purpose and was successfully able to unscrew one of three lightbulbs. The vehicle
did not place in the initial competition.
During the Demolition Championship, Astro 2001 fought bravely and prevailed, becoming the Winner
of the Demolition Championship when the opponent they faced was too damaged and started to smolder.
The M68332 micro-controller used for the receiver and transmitter were generously donated
by the Motorola Corporation