ARLISS(A Rocket Launch for International Student Satellites)is the experiment held in the Black Rock desert, Nevada, the USA. That is managed mainly by students and aims at human resource and technology development.

 The students make two-wheel drive robots, called “rovers” for the experiment. The rockets, the rovers on board, launched by Aeropac to 4000m high. The explorers are released from rockets and use parachute to land as close to the target on the ground as possible, then they start the journey to the goal automatically. In the experiment, some competitions are also held. The comeback competition, in which we participated, evaluates the distance from target to the landed point.

 We, the members of Takadama Lab. develop and build the rovers through half a year and participate in the comeback competition every year.

> Team『 Highball』 UNISEC Award Winning!!

> Highball’s Activities at ARLISS

In this year, Hiball worked on the mission of detecting and avoiding car tracks and obstacles from images captured with a camera on our rover.

On the 1st day, we adjusted the aircraft.


On the 2nd day and the 3rd day we did a car track detection experiment.


On the 4th day we performed the first launch.


The launch went wrong but wewere able to win the UNISEC Award.


> Team『 Cake’s』 Technology Award (Ground Locomotion Mechanism) ・Accuracy Award 2nd Winning!!

> Cake’s Activities at ARLISS

In this year, Cake’S developed a rover that boasts overwhelming runnability with a one-wheel crawler type equipped with a smartphone.

On the 1st day we made adjustments and experiments.


2nd day

It’s finally the first launch.Unfortunately, our rover could not make a goal, but it could prove to be a tough rover with a mileage of 14.1 km, a driving time of 3 H 22 min


4th day We could carry out the second flight. Our rover was able to reach the goal at 4.8m. The mileage was 2.1 km, the driving time was 23 min.


Award history





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