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Welcome to the West Virginia Robotic Technology Center

Welcome to the West Virginia Robotic Technology Center (WVRTC), located in Fairmont, West Virginia.  The West Virginia Robotic Technology Center (WVRTC) performs research and technology development for robotic space operations and system solutions. Focal research areas include machine vision, relative navigation, advanced sensor systems, and robot control architectures. The WVRTC facility servers as a simulation laboratory with multiple robotic platforms for full-scale testing and evaluation.

West Virginia University, College of Engineering and Mineral Resources and WVRTC are in partnership with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s, Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office (SSCO) located in Greenbelt, MD. SSCO and WVRTC jointly collaborate on mission objectives for in-space robotic satellite servicing and asteroid exploration.

Mollohan Building, located in Fairmont WV

Mollohan Research Center, Fairmont, WV


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WVU Robotics Team Wins at the NASA Centennial Challenge

For the third straight year, WVU students have swept the competition at NASA’s Centennial Challenge. The robot, Cataglyphis, scored 11 points to win the Level 2 competition for the Sample Robot Return competition. WVU’s team is the only team to ever win a Level 2 competition, an accomplishment repeated consecutively for two years. The team …

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Upward Bound Visits WVRTC

WVRTC hosted the WVU branch of Upward Bound today as a part of the STEM Outreach Initiative. Upward Bound is a program that helps students to overcome cultural, academic, and social barriers. They provide weekly tutoring and monthly activities with the goal of helping these students to graduate high school and seek secondary education opportunities. …

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WVRTC 2016 Summer Internship Peer Review

WVRTC Interns Successfully Complete Project Peer Reviews

The WVRTC Summer 2016 interns participated in a peer review by the WVRTC technical staff. The WVRTC summer 2016 interns are working on multiple projects that support the WVRTC team with robot control, 3D printing, and robot end-effector lighting systems.  Working alongside WVRTC engineers since mid-May, all interns are on schedule to complete their summer …

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WVRTC Robotic Demo of In-Situ Material Property Determination Tools

WVRTC RISES Program Holds Technical Review with NASA JSC

The WVRTC Robotic In-Situ Surface Exploration System (RISES) team hosted the technical mentor team from the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX to review with the progress of the NASA Early Stage Innovation (ESI) research project. (More information on RISES: ) ESI is a NASA Space Technology Mission Directorate program that awards contracts to …

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WVRTC Director Dr. Thomas Evans, U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, NASA GSFC Director Chris Scolese

An Exciting Week for WVRTC in D.C.

This past week, WVRTC made its way to Washington D.C. to tackle several program tasks. The team divided and conquered to make it to the Academic Partners’ Meeting at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and the WVU Alumni Luncheon at the National Press Club. The WVRTC staff attended the Academic Partners’ Meeting on Tuesday, allowing …

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WVRTC Robot Characterization

When Millimeters Count, Count on WVRTC Engineers to Deliver

How well can a robot position itself? How well can it repeat going to the same position? How about when it has to lift a heavy object? Or when it’s moving slow as opposed to moving fast? When conducting robotics research, these are important questions and the answers need to be well understood. WVRTC has …

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