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Juniors Show Off Outdoor Robots

SOCORRO, N.M. May 2, 2013 - Juniors enrolled in EE 382 (Introduction to Design) were tasked with a one-semester, open-ended design project. This year's project was to design an outdoor robot capable of remotely locating and identifying a RF beacon that represented a lost hiker or downed aircraft. The robot navigated an area using a GPS and compass, and received the signal emitted from the beacon using antennas and electronics for signal processing. Knowing the locations of the robot and bearings to the beacon, triangulation was used to compute the longitude and latitude of the beacon. In addition to locating the beacon, the beacon's identity was decoded by processing the Frequency-shift keyed (FSK) signal emitted.

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