In 2013, I built a solar-powered rover for the Kerbal Space Program team, as an incentive to add rovers to the game.
I intend to take that design, make it easier and cheaper to build, and allow school and small universities to have a real research rover program.
I was the first to build an Android-operated rover (Jan 2010) and have improved the technology ever since.
So what's the idea?
* Autonomous - Android Phone (Camera/Radio) and Parallax Propeller (navigation)
* Long Haul -- Solar powered, maintenance-free design that can work for a year
* Heavy Duty -- Can handle rough terrain; 1.25kW open-design motor controller
* Do Science -- Connection ports for soil probes (humidity, pH, etc)
* Strike the Earth -- The design will include a drill or auger to use aforementioned probes properly
* Open Design -- All schematics and manufacturing methods will be posted
* Biotrophy -- As a "stretch goal", the design may include a clorophyll detector
Rovers sent to the KSP folks
Current prototype delivering lasers (solar power system still WIP
Currently only 2.0 to 4.2 phones are supported
Heavy duty, open design controller that is compatible with the Pololu VNHSP board. Partially relay based and proven reliable over a year of use
Parallax Propeller NAVCOM board
Propeller chip that emulates ADB interface. Tested over 4 years in nautical environment.
Nautical grade solar panel controller
Fault tolerant solar panel controller designed for eTrac Engineering, just got permission to open source it
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