Launch the Satellite

What’s a communication satellite?

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A communication satellite relays and amplifies radio waves from an Earth-centred orbit to various locations on Earth.

What are the advantages of using a communication satellite instead of an Earth-based antenna to communicate with Mars?

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Launch the Satellite into a stable orbit by placing it inside of the marked area on the Challenge Mat. This will ensure that we can send a secure, unlimited, real-time flow of data to and from Earth.

Think about ways in which the robot could launch the Satellite into orbit.

Brainstorm ideas for solving the mission.

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You can split the main task into smaller subtasks, and brainstorm about questions like:

  • What are some ways in which the robot could navigate to the marked area?
  • Which type of motorised mechanism could be used to place the Satellite carefully and accurately within the marked area?

Build, program and test your robot.

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Continue working on your robot until you’re ready to complete the mission.

Go for it!

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Set up your robot in the base area and send it out for a judged attempt at this mission.

How did you do?

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Which badge did you achieve? If you have enough time, you can try again for a better result.

The Satellite is in orbit, and the data link works flawlessly… you’re on to your next mission!