REGISTER | LOGIN
Breaking News
Comments
Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
Nicholas.Lee
User Rank
Author
Anything you can do...
Nicholas.Lee   9/21/2013 6:30:34 PM
NO RATINGS
Over in the UK we have a similar project which has been running for a few years. I have been working with the University of Southampton to bring this to fruition.

When the water & dust-proof 'corrugated duct' cover is fitted to the mechanics, I believe our design is far more practical for use on Mars; or anywhere outside of a dry, flat, dust-free lab environment for that matter.

Here is a photo of the CAD model of the internal mechanics:

http://alturl.com/qang2

CAD model

Here is a photo of the snake without its outer skin or head fitted:

http://alturl.com/bdpyi

Mechanics with skin removed

This snake design uses compliant actuators to provide more lifelike movement gaits and greater real-world robustness.

 

Caleb Kraft
User Rank
Author
Re: dust
Caleb Kraft   9/18/2013 4:21:59 PM
NO RATINGS
I've seen several snake designs similar to this. They could probably fit a dust-tight sleeve over this and it could maneuver decently.

CMathas
User Rank
Author
Re: dust
CMathas   9/18/2013 9:14:04 AM
NO RATINGS
I imagine it's being adapted for its environment. The videos I saw on the snake to date have all been showing it on a tile floor, but I imagine ESA was clear with its must-have list for this project. i bet the dragon would have no trouble at all!

 

CMathas
User Rank
Author
Re: dust
CMathas   9/18/2013 9:12:47 AM
NO RATINGS
I imagine it's being adapted for its environment. The videos I saw on the snake to date have all been showing it on a tile floor, but I imagine ESA was clear with its must-have list for this project. i bet the dragon would have no trouble at all!

 

Susan Rambo
User Rank
Author
Re: dust
Susan Rambo   9/17/2013 6:19:26 PM
NO RATINGS
Can the robot snake handle much dirt and dust? Because Mars has a lot of that.

CMathas
User Rank
Author
Re: dust
CMathas   9/17/2013 5:27:46 PM
NO RATINGS
Hi Caleb,

 

Yeah, I thought the wheels were limiting as well. It seems this snake concept has been evolving over the past several years. It will be interesting to see what happens in December when the report is turned in.

 

I thought the fire-breathing robot dragon was cool, but what on earth were the actors doing?

Caleb Kraft
User Rank
Author
dust
Caleb Kraft   9/17/2013 4:40:33 PM
NO RATINGS
That particular snake robot probably wouldn't do that great because of the rollers they're using. I absolutely see your point though, that would be a killer combination.

 

That dragon is pretty impressive. I've seen some pretty huge fire breathing sculptures (check out the serpent mother), but none were a free standing quadroped robot!



Most Recent Comments
dt_hayden
 
R_Colin_Johnson
 
Bill_Higdon
 
dadeus
 
dadeus
 
OGTWarrior
 
ubm112211
 
sixscrews
 
realjjj
Like Us on Facebook
EE Life
Frankenstein's Fix, Teardowns, Sideshows, Design Contests, Reader Content & More
Martin Rowe

Test Tool Finds Ethernet Wiring Errors
Martin Rowe
Post a comment
When my house was renovated several years ago, I had the electrician install network outlets in numerous places, then run the LAN cables to a wiring closet. But he didn't document the ends ...

Martin Rowe

Local Electronics Store Supplies Engineers and Hobbyists
Martin Rowe
5 comments
Rochester, N.Y. — Tucked away in this western New York city known for its optics is Goldcrest Electronics, a local store that's supplied businesses and individuals with electronic ...

Martin Rowe

How to Transform a Technology University (Book Review)
Martin Rowe
1 Comment
The Presiding Genius of the Place by Alison Chisolm. WPI, Worcester, Mass., 234 pp., 2016. Engineers love to discuss, and often criticize, engineering education. They often claim ...

Max Maxfield

Aloha from EEWeb
Max Maxfield
Post a comment
Just a few minutes ago as I pen these words, I posted this blog about this month's Cartoon Punchline Competition over on EEWeb.com.