Every year, the Vanderbilt NASA University Student Launch Initiative teams devote significant time, energy, and effort to developing innovative solutions to modern aerospace challenges within a fast-paced eight month design cycle. The team believes in exceeding the expectations required for success by pushing ourselves to implement novel technologies and concepts into applications that are extendable to real-world implementations.
The 2021-2022 team is developing a vehicle and payload capable of autonomously determining and transmitting its landing location to a base station. The vehicle will be modular in its design, with payloads that can be replaced in the field in a matter of minutes. The payload will utilize computer vision to track its landing location. Together, the payload and vehicle are designed to support a wide array of interplanetary mission sets.