WARR (short for Scientific Workgroup for Rocketry and Spaceflight – German: Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Raketentechnik und Raumfahrt) is a scientific workgroup based at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). It was founded by students to compensate for the lack of a chair for space technology at TUM in 1962.
Since the establishment of the Institute of Astronautics (LRT) in 1966, the group worked on projects, starting with the successful development of the first hybrid rocket in Germany. One was launched in 1972; a second one is on permanent display at Deutsches Museum in Munich.
It all started with the development of rocket engines, but now there are many more projects. Multi-stage Rockets, Satellites, Stratosphere Balloons, Space Elevators, and since 2018, our rover.
History / Previous Projects
In February 2018 a small group of students from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) started to dream about building their own Mars Rover. Shortly after that, the team started to develop their first concepts.
In August 2018 we participated in the European Rover Challenge 2018 with our “Rover I | Hypatia”. Hypatia has a 5-DOF robotic arm as well as four wheels which are configured in a rocker-bogie design. The purpose-built wheels have skid steering and have been extensively tested at the German Aerospace Institute (DLR). With her maximum speed of 0.5m/s, Hypatia perfectly fulfills the 2018 ERC speed requirements.
In August 2019 we participated in the ERC for the second time. With an improved rover we were able to finish the competition with a much better ranking than in 2018 and remained the best German team. For on-board processing, WARRthog used an Intel Nuc 7i7BNH. Our ultra-wide-angle, stereo cameras gave WARRthog the ability to perceive her surroundings in 3D. The robotic arm enabled it to grab objects and manipulate external consoles.