Grover 1

built by Matt Grob

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Target Environment Locomotion Method
Outdoors, all terrain 4 Wheels
Sensors / Input Devices Actuators / Output Devices
ATV video camera Drive motors
R/C servos
Control Method Power Source
Radio/Control Battery
CPU Type Operating System
None None
Programming Lanuage Weight
None N/A
Time to build Cost to build
N/A N/A
URL for more information
N/A
Comments
* Built around a clodbuster R/C truck kit, 4WD, 4W steering
* ATV video return link
* PC-17 color video camera, with Futuba servos for pan and tilt
* Rubbermaid trash can used for body shell
* Built 1994

The design performed acceptable but had several shortcomings. The Clodbuster R/C truck is a great R/C truck, but served poorly as a mobile rover platform. The added weight of the radios and extra batteries proved too much of a burden for the single-servo steering mechanism. Also, the fundamental gear ratios of the Clod's drive were too high for a slowly crawling rover. The design maneuvered poorly in tight areas, and had trouble crawling over rough surfaces. Modifications have been considered to both the clod's steering and drive rates. Has anyone had a similar experience?

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