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Team Caltech
Vehicle Name Alice
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Location Pasadena, CA
Team Description* Team Caltech returns for the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge with much the same makeup as our 2004 team — we are primarily an undergraduate-oriented team of students from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. More than seventy students have participated over the last two years in developing the software, sensors, computers, and vehicle hardware. Graduate students, faculty, and staff are also involved in the project, which is the center of a curriculum in Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering. This year Caltech’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs) will focus twenty five selected students on the final goal of winning the 2005 Grand Challenge.

Team Caltech has a new vehicle for the 2005 contest, as “Bob”, our well worn, barbed wire-scarred veteran of the 2004 Grand Challenge, has been retired to test-platform status. Our new 2005 Sportsmobile 4WD, “Alice”, is a highly-modified off-road Ford E350 van which is being outfitted for us as an autonomously-controlled, mobile computing lab by our primary sponsor, Sportsmobile West, Inc. of Fresno, California. During the nine months leading up to October 8, Alice will accommodate four team members in onboard computing work stations who will be able to develop code in real time as the van undergoes desert testing. Our sensor suite will include GPSs, IMUs, two stereo vision camera pairs, up to three LADAR units, a magnetometer, and a road-following camera, all talking to up to fourteen blade server computers mounted in a clean, climate-controlled, shock-mounted enclosure.

Sponsors* California Institute of Technology, Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Sportsmobile West, American Racing, BF Goodrich, and Wright Tools Technology.

*This information is supplied by the team.  DARPA does not verify team descriptions or sponsor lists.

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